Inspired by a seven-year-old papal document and new guidelines passed by the U.S. Bishops, the San Bernardino Diocese is requiring men who wish to enter the seminarian program to spend the first year as “candidates,” together in an environment of fellowship and discernment before formal admission to seminary.

This year there are six such “candidates” and they have begun their journey at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane, Washington.

The six seminarian candidates are Matthew Glaudini from St. Paul the Apostle, Chino Hills; Luis Morales from St. Christopher, Moreno Valley; Cesar Caldera from St. John XXIII, Rialto; Albert Salcido from St. Patrick, Moreno Valley; Michael Poulin from The Holy Name of Jesus, Redlands; and Oscar Montalvo from Our Lady of the Assumption, San Bernardino.

Two men, Jose Hernandez from St. Anthony, Upland and Earl Reyes, from the Philippines, have entered St. Junipero Serra House of Formation as seminarians this year because they have prior academic and seminarian formation experience.

On August 19, the six seminarian candidates arrived at Bishop White Seminary to begin what is called the propaedeutic (the Greek word for preparatory) stage, which seeks to provide the seminarian candidates with the basic groundwork they need to engage in priestly formation. The seminarian candidates will be in the propaedeutic stage for no less than one year.

“Currently, we do not have a program established for this new Propaedeutic stage within our Diocese,” said Father Hau Vu, diocesan vocations director. “As a result, our candidates have been sent to Spokane, where a well-developed formation program specifically caters to this formational year.”

Bishop White Seminary has developed a new program dedicated to the propaedeutic stage called, “Cor Christi,” Its purpose is to form strong Catholic men in the heart of Christ, so that they have a solid foundation for their journey through seminary. Designed to help them “block out the cultural noise,” Cor Christi requires hours of daily prayer, Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, and a six-day media fast. The new seminarian candidates are living in McGivney Hall, a building just one block from Bishop White Seminary that is dedicated to the propaedeutic stage….

From Inland Catholic Byte