About the Redemptoris Mater Seminaries
“The spiritual gift which priests receive at their ordination prepared them not for a sort of limited and narrow mission but for the widest possible and universal mission of salvation ‘even to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1:8), for every priestly ministry shares in the universality of the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles. The priesthood of Christ, in which all priests really share, is necessarily intended for all peoples and all times, and it knows no limits of blood, nationality or time, since it is already mysteriously prefigured in the person of Melchisedech. Let priests remember, therefore, that the care of all churches must be their intimate concern. Hence, priests of such dioceses as are rich in vocations should show themselves willing and ready, with the permission of their own ordinaries (bishops), 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 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.