St. Mary’s Propaedeutic Seminary, Molo
"In order that the spiritual training rest upon a more solid basis and that the students embrace
their vocation with a fully deliberate choice, it will be the prerogative of the bishops to
establish a fitting period of time for a more intense introduction to the spiritual life."
Optatam Totius, 12.
"The purpose and specific educational form of the major seminary demand that candidates for the
priesthood have a certain prior preparation before entering it. Such preparation, at least until
a few decades ago, did not create particular problems. In those days most candidates to the
priesthood came from minor seminaries, and the Christian life of the community offered all, in
general, a suitable Christian instruction and education. The situation in many places has
changed. There is a considerable discrepancy between - on the one hand - the style of life and
basic preparation of boys, adolescents and young men, even when they are Christians and at times
have been involved in Church life, and - on the other hand - the style of life of the seminary
with its formational demands." Pastores Dabo Vobis, 62
These two statements could be considered the basis of the existence of St. Mary’s Propaedeutic
Seminary which is situated in Molo. The seminary aims at introducing candidates to the
priesthood to the intense formation they will undergo as they prepare for sacred orders.