Special attention should be given to the spiritual, intellectual, psychological, disciplinary and pastoral aspects of formation...Relevant formation given in our seminaries today should take into account the depressing poverty of large portions of society, the emergence of a concerned and fast maturing laity, the coming together of numerous small ecclesial communities and the unmistakable basic hunger of all for the Spirit.

- PCP II, #568



RATIONALE:

  1. The following challenges on religious formation from Vita Consecrata and Plenary Council of the Philippines II (PCP II) and other Church documents call for urgent and relevant response:

    1. Because sensitive tasks are involved, the training of suitable directors of formation, who will fulfill their task in a spirit of communion with the whole Church, is very important. It will be helpful to establish appropriate structures for the training of those responsible for formation, preferably in places where they can be in contact with the culture in which their pastoral service will later be carried out (Vita Consecrata, No. 66).

    2. Special attention should be given to the spiritual, intellectual, psychological, disciplinary and pastoral aspects of formation… Relevant formation given in seminaries and formation houses today should take into account the depressing poverty of large portions of society, the emergence of a concerned and maturing laity, the coming together of numerous small ecclesial communities and the unmistakable basic hunger of all for the spirit (PCP II, No. 568).


  2. The members of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) expressed the need for training their Sisters, Priests and Brothers in accompanying people in formation or in other ministries;

  3. The full implementation of the IFRS Vision-Mission needs the cooperation and training/ updating of the students’ Formators to ensure the support, continuity and integration of the students’ learning in their daily life and on-going formation as religious;

  4. On the June 29, 2007, the Board of Trustees of the IFRS Foundation, Inc. approved a resolution that the Accompaniment Program for Formators be directly managed by IFRS as one of its service program.

OBJECTIVES: Back to top

The program is designed for men and women in formation ministry in all levels. The participants of this program will be able to:

  1. Be in-touch with their own personal dynamics, and recognize and accept their God-given potentials/gifts as chosen formators;

  2. Understand and appreciate the value and the demands of a life-giving and prophetic formation that the Church and society need today;

  3. Experience being accompanied in their life’s journey to enable them to also accompany others also towards their psycho-social and spiritual growth and integration;

  4. Acquire, to a certain degree, the accompaniment skills such as understanding human dynamics in a given context, contemplative listening, counseling and spiritual direction.

  5. Attain to a certain degree competence and self-confidence in accompanying others in their faith-life journey.

SPIRITUALITY AT ITS CORE - With a lot of reference to “spirituality” in one form or another, through-out the program, the participants will have a deeper understanding of “spirituality” both as lived experience and as an academic discipline.


DURATION

The program extends over the weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) for four (4) months from 8:30 to 4:30 pm.
The participants are encouraged to avail of individual spiritual guidance all through-out the program.


PROCESS AND METHODOLOGY: Back to top

The process of facilitating the faith-life’s journey of others presupposes that Formators are themselves familiar with their own faith-life journey (struggles and pains, strengths and weaknesses, growth and failures, hopes and dreams, and God’s hand in every event in their life) and continue to learn from them. Recognizing God’s movements in their life will enable them with confidence to also accompany others in their journey towards wholeness and fullness of being.

For a contextualized, transformative, integrated and inclusive formation, there will be input (by expert resource persons), exposure, sharing, case presentation, dialogue with seasoned formators and formands from all levels of formation, socials, recreation (preferably in eco-farm), and other formative activities. The regular small group session for contemplative listening, counseling and spiritual direction will enable them to acquire the needed accompaniment skills. Creative liturgies and shibashi will always be part of the day’s sessions. The course will culminate with a six-day retreat for deepening and integration of the over-all learning.


AREAS AND TOPICS/MODULES:

Context of Formation
Growing in the Life of Prayer
Formation As A Ministry
Contemplative Listening and the Art of Spiritual Direction
The Dynamics that Live Within Us
Globalization, Generation YZ and the Media
Gender Sensitivity, Sexuality and the Vowed Life
Creation-Centered Spirituality
A Deeper Look at Religious Life in Asia Today
Six-Day RETREAT


REQUIREMENTS: Back to top

Applicants are expected to be those who are drawn to or chosen to be in the ministry of formation and or leadership, have had some actual experience of either or both of these, or those who are being prepared for the ministry.

Applicants are required to fill up the Application Form and submit it together with a letter of recommendation from their Superiors and addressed to the Directress/Director of the Program, not later than two months before its start.

Applicants are required to have a personal interview with the Application Committee two weeks after the submission of the completed Application Form.


NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:

Limited to twenty-five (25) participants only on the first come first-served basis of the qualified applicants.

 

 

“The Accompaniment Program of IFRS is very relevant in the formation of the Church in Asia, with its transformative, uniquely Asia and contextualized modules.”
~ Sr. Stella, RVM


“I find the program very contextualized, formative and integrated as a whole. It helped us to be fully developed, ready and ripe as formators of our own congregations - and share the effectivity of it to our formandees/community/ministry. Awakening in us the culture of young people today, helped us understand and prepared us to handle the young vocation of our congregations”
~ Sr. Mercy, FDCC

 

 

     
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