Disciples of the Lord
Missionary Priests for the New Evangelization
About the NDS Vision of Formation
Pastoral Formation
Pastoral formation, the culmination of the entire formation process, prepares mento enter into communion with the charity of Christ the Good Shepherd.
Pastoral Formation at NDS
Spiritual Formation
Formation steadily points to the center, which is spiritual formation...the core which unifies and gives life to being a priest and acting as a priest
Spiritual Formation at NDS
Intellectual Formation
There is a reciprocal relationship between spiritual and intellectual formation in accordance with the classical adage credo ut intelligam (‘I believe in order to know’).
Intellectual Formation at NDS
Human Formation
The human personality of the priest is to be a bridge and not an obstacle for others in their meeting with Jesus Christ the Redeemer of the human race.
Human Formation at NDS


Easter 2022

Dear Friends in Christ:

As we celebrate the Easter Mysteries, we do so recognizing the ongoing relief efforts from hurricanes the past two years, the war in the Ukraine, and the effects of the pandemic on our families. Our Holy Father has called the Universal Church to a path of synodality in which we discern the Providence of God to live as disciples of Jesus in an ever-changing world. Notre Dame Seminary remains committed to the highest ideals of priestly formation preparing future pastoral leaders who will unite Christians into the one Body of Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As we soon conclude the Spring semester, seminarians are preparing for ordination to the priesthood and diaconate, summer parish and hospital assignments, language immersion, and excursions. Applicants are preparing to arrive in August to start their discernment and formation. The community is preparing for the new rector while I am preparing for my next assignment in Pittsburgh. The seminary remains a healthy and vibrant community due to the dedication of seminarians, faculty, and staff; the prayers of our benefactors and supporters; and the confidence of our bishops and vocation directors. May the Lord continue to bless all involved with ministry in priestly formation. Blessings in this Easter Season!

Father James A. Wehner



Commencement 2022

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, Notre Dame Seminary held its annual Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony. Fr. James Wehner presided, and Fr. Nick Adam, the

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New Seminarian Dinner

Our rector and some current seminarians hosted new seminarians coming to NDS this Fall who are completing their studies at Saint Joseph Seminary (Saint Ben’s).

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Legatus Mass & Dinner

After two years, the New Orleans Legatus chapter were able to host the seminary community for Mass and Dinner. The relationship involves the “prayer partner”

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Volunteer Appreciation Party

On Monday, April 4th, the seminary community gathered for the Volunteer Appreciation Party where we thanked our volunteers for their dedication and commitment to our mission. Our

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