St. Willibrord Priory

An Old-Catholic Community 

House of Studies

The House of Studies at St. Willibrord Priory in Mohnton, Pennsylvania exists to provide members of the Order of St. Willibrord with spiritual formation and higher studies in philosophy, theology, scripture studies, homiletics, church history, ancient and modern languages in addition to liturgical and sacramental praxis.


All members of the first and second classes of the Order of St. Willibrord are required to have one year postulancy and two years of residential novitiate, in order to make the promise of obedience. 


There are several ecclesiastical degree programs in humanities, philosophy, theology and canon law in which our students are enrolled through the Collegium Augustinianum, an institute of higher education headquartered in Bologna, Italy, and licensed by the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education.


While the program of higher studies is primarily directed toward the members of the Order, any serious lay or clerical student seeking formation in Old-Catholic theology and spirituality is welcome to make application. Aside from members of the Order, all postulants for holy Orders for the U.S. Prelature for Old-Catholics under the Old Catholic Confederation are generally assigned here for their priestly formation. Other Old-Catholic postulants for holy Orders may make application with permission from one's respective Diocesan bishop or religious superior.