Why San Jose?

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The Four Pillars of San Jose Seminary’s Integral Formation

In 1601, the Colegio de San Jose was founded by the Society of Jesus “to instruct and train the youth in virtue and learning… and to train ministers of the Gospel for which there is great need in this land.” Three important points can be emphasized in this initial articulation of the goals of formation of the old Colegio:

It aims at forming men in virtud y letras.  It exists to help train ministers (or servants) of the Gospel. Thus, the Josefino motto: “In opus ministerii.”  It was founded by the Society of Jesus, and therefore is imbued with the ideals and spirituality of St. Ignatius.  Following Pope John Paul II’s delineation of four key aspects of seminary formation in Pastores Dabo Vobis, drawing on the distinctive tradition of San Jose, and in response to contemporary challenges to the Philippine Church, we identify four key words that sum up the formative goals of San Jose Seminary.

VIRTUE: The Goal of Human Formation

The Josefino, as man of Virtue, grows in excellence and goodness of human character founded on psycho-emotional integration and modeled after Christ’s example of authentic humanity.

LEARNING: The Goal of Intellectual Formation

The Josefino, as a man of Learning, grows in a deep, faithful, and contextualized understanding of the mysteries of faith and in pastoral competence and skills for the sake of the mission and evangelization.

SPIRIT: The Goal of Spiritual Formation

The Josefino, as a man of Spirit, grows in a spirituality both Ignatian and diocesan, centered on personal communion with God in Christ, in a constant discernment of God’s saving will, in generous response to and participation in Christ’s mission in simplicity, chastity, and obedience.

SERVICE: The Goal of Pastoral Formation

The Josefino, as a man of Service, grows in commitment to and competence for pastoral leadership and service, especially of the poor and suffering, in union with Christ the Good Shepherd and other shepherds in the Church, toward building up of the local Church in communion and mission.

In summary, we dream of Josefinos who, as men of VIRTUE, LEARNING, SPIRIT, and SERVICE, will serve as true AGENTS OF RENEWAL OF THE CHURCH AND SOCIETY.