And also, in some people who decide to enter the seminary later in time, it is not unusual to perceive the presence of the call of God in much earlier periods”. St. Thomas Aquinas tried to explain the reason why Christ particularly loved the apostle St. John for “his early age”, and said: “this lets us know how God loves in a special way those who join his service from early youth”.
This is the reason why the Church established the Junior Seminary, a house of first introduction to priesthood, where the youth who show the signs of vocation can study and prepare, maybe, to go on with their formation in the Major Seminary. The goal is that the person may take more conscience of what his vocation to priesthood is, so that he can follow it more consciously.
It is a precious educational work: the youth receive a basic formation that every school normally provides (music, scientific subjects, history…) as well as the study of classical languages (Latin and Greek) and an introduction of what their future formation to priesthood will be (basic Catechism, history of the Church, some elements of spiritual life…).
The life of junior seminarians includes many other activities like sport and cultural tours. They are directed by a priest of the Institute who is also the supervisor of their spiritual and intellectual formation, accompanied by two religious who serve as assistants. The Institute provides a house where they live all together, with a lifestyle similar to the Major Seminary, made of study, prayer and recreation. The students can visit their parents at home in some periods of the year, and the family can visit or contact them at any time.