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Intellectual Formation
Intellectual formation is a part of the integral formation of consecrated persons. It provides content for relevant dialogue with diverse cultures in our world. Intellectual formation also has great impact on the human and spiritual dimensions of a person. This means that it contributes significantly to the vital integration needed in future Salvatorians. Therefore, each Salvatorian formator needs to implement this dimension of formation in combination with the other dimensions. “Far from being confined solely to the field of knowledge or being understood solely as a means of acquiring more information in the various disciplines, intellectual formation helps priests to listen profoundly to the Word and to the ecclesial community, in order to learn how to read the signs of the times” (Congregation for the Clergy, The Gift of the PriestlyVocation. Ratio Fondamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis, Vatican City 2016, 117).

Presentations and Conversations
The fundamental dynamics involved while learning at Fr. Francis Jordan School for Formators are the presentations and conversations. We will be inviting distinguished speakers, specialists in the field, and experienced ministers involved in the area of formation. Each will present a variety of topics related to the human, spiritual, and intellectual dimensions of our Salvatorian consecrated life. Facilitated conversations based on the presentations will further deepen the participants’ understanding and integration of the contents provided.

 

I Session

The identity of the called person
PDV 5-44; VC 5. 19. 36, 48. 65. 71. 93; RIG 1.6-8. 2.2. 3.1.7

Day 1: Return to the roots of one’s own life and calling

  • the history of salvation and the story of my life
  • history of my relationship with God and my image of God

Day 2: Returning to the roots of one’s own life and calling - cont.

  • history of interpersonal relations: wounds in relationships and their healing
  • history of vocation: discernment, decisions

Day 3: The identity: Human, religious, priestly

  • essential elements of identity: human, religious, priestly
  • development and maturation to a strong and stable identity

Day 4: Identity crises

  • identity crisis and identity disorders
  • helping people in identity crisis

Day 5: Identity and emotional maturity

  • getting to know and experiencing one’s own feelings
  • expressing feelings versus the danger of suppressing feelings

Day 6: Identity and emotional maturity - cont.

  • feelings and interpersonal relationships
  • differences in the world of feelings of men and women

Day 7: Identity and emotional maturity - cont.

  • the role of feelings in spiritual discernment
  • disorders in the emotional sphere

Day 8: Diagnosing the vocational identity of the candidates

  • criteria for diagnosing candidates for the religious life and priesthood
  • methods of diagnosing

Day 9: Identity and Salvatorian charisma

  • Discovering one’s own identity in the charism of the Society of the Divine Savior,
  • Acquisition and transmission of the charism of the Society of the Divine Savior.

 

II Session

Integrative education towards religious consecration
VC 14-32.82.88-91; RIG 1.4.4; 7.2.3

Day 1: Human and theological dimension of religious consecration

  • anthropology and theology of the vocation to the consecrated life
  • place of consecrated life in the Church

Day 2: Baptismal and religious consecration

  • a new and special consecration
  • the special value of consecrated life

Day 3: Education and formation for consecrated chastity

  • experience of God’s love as the source of human love
  • sexual integration of the human person

Day 4: Education and formation for consecrated chastity

  • sexuality and religious consecration: a call to evangelical chastity - the human and theological dimension
  • mature experiencing of consecrated chastity; friendship and spiritual fatherhood

Day 5: Education and formation for consecrated chastity

  • sexual sphere: sustainability, self-control, initiative, psychological and emotional maturity
  • misuse in the sexual sphere

Day 6: Education and formation towards poverty

  • evangelical poverty as a value in itself
  • motivations of evangelical renunciation and moderation

Day 7: Education and formation towards poverty

  • special love for the poor
  • life and ministry in the Church of the poor and for the poor

Day 8: Education and formation towards obedience

  • a call to freedom: freedom in the evangelical sense
  • education for decision: from desire to decision

Day 9: Education and formation towards obedience - cont.

  • responsibility for one’s own life and for life choices
  • dialogue, obedience, dependence, self-denial, the role of the Church’s authority

 

IV Session

Education for life and mission in the apostolic community
PDV 60-69; VC 37. 41-43. 72. 84-85. 87.93. 105; RIG 1.4-5. 8.2.1.4

Day 1: Education towards the relationship in the formation community

  • awareness of interpersonal relations
  • the dynamics of the multicultural formation community

Day 2: Significant values in a superior - subordinate relationship including traditions and cultures

  • trust and dialogue, authority in the community
  • criteria for mature relation superior – subordinate

Day 3: Experiencing and resolving conflicts including traditions and cultures

  • experiencing conflicts
  • forgiveness and reconciliation

Day 4: Relations in the team of formators and in the apostolic work

  • cooperation in a team of formators
  • personal relationships in the apostolic work

Day 5: Purposes and models of the community including traditions and cultures

  • community for realizing vocational values
  • community life models

Day 6: Relationships in the Salvatorian Family

  • respect for the dissimilarity of vocations in the same apostolic community
  • building and deepening relationships in the Salvatorian Family

Day 7: Community and mission

  • “to be over to act.” Consecration and mission
  • unambiguity in life and proclaiming the Gospel to the ambiguity of the world

Day 8: Community in the modern world

  • the meaning of consecrated life in the modern world
  • discernment and undertaking new challenges in the spirit of the Institute’s charism

Day 9: Culture and style of the apostolic work of the community

  • Salvatorian religious and priestly lifestyle; culture in interpersonal relations
  • managing the team and the ability to cooperate with lay people

 

V Session

Formation in the moral and spiritual dimension. Ongoing formation
(PDV 44-50. 70-81) VC 38.65-66.71.93.95; RIG 3.1.7; 8.3.2

Day 1: Formation of conscience

  • Christian understanding of conscience; conscience and listening to the Word of God
  • shaping of conscience: love for truth, honesty, moral integrity

Day 2: Formation of conscience - cont.

  • sensitivity of conscience, sense of sin; a healthy and false sense of guilt
  • vocational choices and decisions: fidelity to moral obligations

Day 3: Formation for prayer

  • introducing silence, listening and meditating on the Word of God and the Eucharistic life
  • getting to know oneself and developing one’s own spirituality in prayer

Day 4: The sacrament of Penance

  • regularity and conscientiousness in using the Sacrament of Penance in the life of the formator and formandi
  • educating to practicing the sacrament of penance

Day 5: The sacrament of Penance

  • the role of a permanent confessor in formation
  • misuse and wounding in the confessional

Day 6: Spiritual direction

  • the need for spiritual direction: the main tool of formation
  • practice of spiritual direction and spiritual discernment

Day 7: Spiritual management and the need for therapy

  • spiritual direction at crucial moments in life
  • spiritual direction and therapeutic help

Day 8: Ongoing formation

  • significant levels of permanent formation
  • criteria and education for mature self-development

Day 9: Ongoing formation - cont.

  • different models of formation
  • responsibility for oneself and a permanent formation in everyday life

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sacrifice, no cross, no desolation, no trial, no temptation, oh! absolutely nothing should be too difficult for you with the help of God’s grace. I can do all things in God who strengthens me.

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