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The Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary was established by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in August 2004 to prepare college seminarians for major seminary.
The Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary will work, in collaboration with Marian University, “to protect and develop the seeds of a priestly vocation, so that the students may more easily recognize it and be in a better position to respond to it” (Pastores Dabo Vobis, 63).
The formation Program will provide the human, cultural, and spiritual formation, along with the academic formation grounded in the study of philosophy and theology, which will serve as a solid foundation for the major seminary (PDV, 64). As such, the program will inspire seminarians to:
The seminary program is named in honor of Bishop Simon Bruté, who served as the first bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes, which included the entire state of Indiana and the eastern half of Illinois.
Bishop Bruté, a physician prior to his ordination and a theology professor and college president following ordination, was revered by early American Church leaders for his holiness of life and his vast knowledge of theology. He served as spiritual director to Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint. Bishop Bruté’s Cause for Sainthood is being opened by the archdiocese. (See www.archindy.org/brute)