The focus of human formation is a lifelong commitment to personal growth. This is a process of change towards becoming the person, in the light of faith, that God created you to be.
The priest is called to be a living image of Jesus Christ and so should try to "reflect in himself, as far as is possible, the human perfection which shines forth in the incarnate Son of God" (Pastores Dabo Vobis, 43).
In order that his sacred mission be as humanly credible and acceptable as possible, the student is invited to mould his human personality in such a way that it becomes a bridge, not an obstacle, for others in their meeting with Jesus Christ.
Human perfection is only achieved through grace. Human development, therefore, should not be seen as a task that has to be completed before spiritual development takes place; they go hand in hand. Human development is the enterprise of entrusting our human nature to respond to, and cooperate with, the Holy Spirit in order for it to be restored to its original beauty and dignity.
“He who believes in Christ becomes a son of God. This filial adoption transforms him by giving him the ability to follow the example of Christ. It makes him capable of acting rightly and doing good. In union with his Saviour, the disciple attains the perfection of charity which is holiness. Having matured in grace, the moral life blossoms into eternal life in the glory of heaven.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1709)
Consequently, human formation implies developing true serene friendships in which the seminarian learns to bring to human relationships a strong, lively and personal love for Jesus Christ. The community life of the seminary itself encourages this by fostering freedom, maturity and self-knowledge, and resisting selfishness and individualism.