Final Report on Apostolic Visitation to U.S. Centers of Priestly Formation
Congregation for Catholic Education
Diocesan seminaries in the United States are generally healthy, concluded a letter from the Congregation for Catholic Education after an Apostolic Visitation to review centers of priestly formation. The letter, dated 15 December 2008, was directed to cardinals, bishops, major superiors, and all those responsible for diocesan seminaries and religious houses of priestly formation in the United States. While recognizing a breakdown in priestly formation in past decades, the visits to individual seminaries from September 2005 to July 2006 found that "since the 1990's, a greater sense of stability now prevails" mainly due to the appointment of "rectors who are wise and faithful to the Church."