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Forming Solid Catholic Men Ready to Begin Seminary

Cor Christi is a new program that fulfills the Vatican’s new requirement for a “propaedeutic phase” as men begin seminary. Its purpose is to form strong Catholic men in the heart of Christ, so that they have a solid foundation for their journey through seminary.

Men in the new program will live in McGivney Hall, a building just one block from Bishop White Seminary. Renovations on the building are well underway, and the Cor Christi men are scheduled to move into the building this coming school year.



How You Can Help

A huge effort is underway throughout Western dioceses to raise funds for this critical new program, which will be the launching point for future priests for years to come.

The building, renovations, and programming will cost $5.4 million. Will you help fund this new home for the men who are generously giving their lives to serve as priests? 


Update on McGivney Hall

All of the renovation work is in the final stages of painting, trimming, casing and installing — e.g. new cabinetry, sinks, toilets, showers, etc. We are working hard to ensure McGivney Hall is move in ready. 


Short Cor Christi Intro Video

A two-minute explanation of  the new pre-seminary formation program.

Proposed Renovations to McGivney Hall

Architect’s rendering of the renewed exterior, remodeled student rooms, and new chapel.

Forming our Future Priests

Forming Faithful Priests in the Western US

Bishop White Seminary has provided human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation for hundreds of seminarians in the dioceses of the Western United States.

We provide initial formation for men discerning a vocation to the diocesan priesthood, foster the continuing education of the clergy, and help generate a culture of discernment in the Diocese of Spokane.

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Cor Christi’s McGivney Hall nears completion, occupancy

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New program blocks cultural noise, helps men discern the priesthood

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Renovations Begin at McGivney Hall

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A New Beginning: Bishop White Seminary expands to McGivney Hall

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Spokane is a leader in responding to new Vatican seminary requirements

A seismic change is coming to Catholic seminaries that will affect every diocese in the world—and the Diocese of Spokane is among the first to respond. Men who feel called to the priesthood—even those who have been fully vetted by their bishops—will not be starting...

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