Horarium

Horarium is latin for ‘the hours’ and is the name given to a plan of life that is lived in the day-to-day, that is, the daily schedule of a seminary or religious house.

The horarium is the foundation of the discipline that governs the community, ensuring that all duties―such as prayer, work, study, meals, recreation, etc.―form a fixed daily routine by which the individual souls are guided towards a common end or goal. While not easy to live at first, an horarium quickly reveals itself to be essential to a properly directed life. 

Here is what one of our seminarians had to say after their first semester of living with our horarium:

“I would say the biggest life lesson I learned is that a well-ordered daily routine and schedule is extremely beneficial to all aspects of your life. If you have a schedule including all the necessities of a good Christian life and commit yourself to it, you will find your daily life runs much smoother and involves less stress. After a period of time it will become integral to your day and will be hard to break from and you will find comfort in the balance and routine that it brings to your life.”

So, what does our horarium at St. Joseph College Seminary look like?

Monday, Wednesday, *Friday

5:45: Rise

6:15: Mental Prayer

6:45: Lauds

7:00: Holy Mass

7:30: Breakfast (Silent)

8:25: Leave for Belmont Abbey College (classes, lunch, prayer, recreation)

3:00: Departure from Belmont

3:30: Clean up / Prayer/ Study / Free time

4:00: Latin (Monday and Wednesday)

5:30: Rosary and Vespers

6:15: Dinner

7:00: Study. Minor Silence Begins (Rector’s Conference Mondays)

9:00: Compline & Grand Silence

9:15-10:30: Devotions, reading, and lights out

*Fridays the men are free once they have returned from Belmont until their first obligation on Saturday.

Tuesday, Thursday

5:45: Rise

6:15: Mental Prayer

6:45: Lauds

7:00: Holy Mass

7:30: Breakfast (Silent)

8:15: Private prayer / study

8:30: Philosophy Classes (St. Ann) until lunch

12:30: Lunch / recreation / clean up

2:30: Latin classes

5:30: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Vespers

6:15: Dinner

7:00: Study (Minor Silence)

9:00: Compline & Grand Silence

9:15-10:30: Devotions, reading, and lights out