You wouldn’t want to throw anyone in without any experience,” says Rohlfs, who has been rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary since 2005. “It would be like going to the emergency room and the doctor says, ‘I’ve never seen a patient.’ ”
Most seminaries offer confession training, but the one in rural Emmitsburg, Md., has an expansive program that lasts a year and culminates in a series of mock confessions.
In the next few months, the men will go from being deacons to ordained priests and return to their parishes. But for now, they take turns offering absolution to whatever character Rohlfs conjures from his imagination.
To read more about some of the training given to priests on how to conduct a good confession, read more at the Washington comPost: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/priests-in-training-confess-their-fears-before-stepping-into-the-booth/2012/04/07/gIQAdt6t1S_story.html