The Redemptoris Mater Seminaries.
“Let priests remember, therefore, that the care of all churches must be their intimate concern. Hence, priests of such dioceses rich in vocations should show themselves willing and ready, with the permission of their own ordinaries, to volunteer for work in other regions, missions or endeavors which are poor in numbers of clergy. … To accomplish this purpose there should be set up international seminaries … by means of which, according to their particular statutes and always saving the right of bishops, priests may be trained and incardinated for the good of the whole Church”
Presbyterorum Ordinis. p 10.
The “Redemptoris Mater” seminaries are not seminaries of the Neocatechumenal Way, but have been set up in accordance with their Statutes and Rules of Life, as true diocesan seminaries, which depend directly on the local Bishop. The seminarians being formed in the Redemptoris Mater Seminaries receive the same theological formation of the other diocesan seminaries of their area. Upon Ordination they are incardinated into the local diocese and serve in the parishes and institutions of that diocese. After some time of priestly ministry in their diocese, according to the discernment of the Bishop, they are available to be sent in mission.
The ‘Redemptoris Mater’ is a seminary forming missionary priests ready to serve both locally and universally. The seminarians all have discovered their vocations through their involvement in the Neocatechumenal Way which is a Post-Baptismal Catechumenate sponsored by the Church to lead people to an adult faith, and to the discovery of their vocation.
The seminarians being formed at Redemptoris Mater all have in their hearts and in “their DNA” a calling from God to be missionary. They themselves have been evangelized by generous missionaries and experienced first hand the good they do. Hence their formation and life style is all projected to prepare them for mission wherever that could take them.
“The seminaries thus formed are also called ‘international’ since their seminarian vocations come from all parts of the world, and the Redemptoris Mater priests, once formed and ordained in the diocese and having served for some years in the Archdiocese they are ready to travel to other dioceses, to serve the Church wherever necessary”