The Allen Hall community includes a number of novices and students from religious communities. The seminary programme is flexible, and the Rector and Formation Team work with Novice Masters and Religious Superiors to agree the most suitable formation for each individual.
When a man arrives at Allen Hall – either from the Diocese of Westminster or one of the other dioceses or religious orders which send men to Allen Hall – he begins a six-year period of formation for the priesthood. The word ‘formation’ is significant. This time is not just about ‘studying’ or ‘training’ for the priesthood, it is about growing to become more like Christ the Good Shepherd – it involves the whole person.
The priest is someone who stands for Christ himself. The call to priesthood evokes the response “Here I am Lord – I come to do your will.” In formation a special time of conversion takes place, a conversion of mind and heart and spirit, so that the seminarian will grow to be more and more like Christ.