PROMULGATION OF THE
RATIO INSTITUTIONIS SALVATORIANAE
Having passed a long process of discernment, study, writing and rewriting, it was with joy that our General Superior, Fr. Milton Zonta, signed and promulgated, after having obtained the unanimous consent of the General Council, the new version of the “Ratio Formationis Salvatorianae - called to be Apostles of the Divine Saviour”. The promulgation took place during the celebration of the First Vespers of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph at the Motherhouse of the Society in Rome. A hard copy will be sent to all the Unit superiors and formators after having finished the respective translations.
In his reflection on this occasion, Fr. Milton explained that the name of this important document regarding our Salvatorian Formation clearly indicates the formative itinerary proposed much more in a charismatic than in a legal way. It is therefore a matter of showing what the foundation is, the guiding principle of the life and formation of each Salvatorian religious. In this way, this document has a profoundly Salvatorian character, indicating the methodology and content that constitute the identity of the charism of Fr. Francis Jordan, as our model of following Jesus Christ, in the style of the Apostles.
The publication of this formation document on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph assumes a very special meaning for the Society. On the one hand, we are precisely in the “Year dedicated to Saint Joseph”, patron of the Universal Church and our Society. At the same time, this publication occurs in the short period before the celebration of the beatification of our venerable Founder, Fr. Francis Jordan, next May 15.
Finishing his speech, Fr. Milton expressed his profound gratitude to everybody who has helped with the compilation of the Ratio, especially the General Formation Secretary, Fr. Krzysztof Gasperowicz, all the formators involved from all over the world, as well as all those who have worked in the elaboration of this new formulation, with their suggestions, experiences and helping with translation. This reference-document is therefore, according to our Superior General, a companion on the journey that may help all Salvatorians to allow them to be “moulded”, “transformed” and “transfigured” throughout their lives. In short: this document is a service to the entire Society.
May this instrument of formation help the members of the Society to continue their formation and to live a single Salvatorian apostolic vocation, in communion with the mission of the Church in the world. May Saint Joseph, patron of our Society, and our Founder help us to carry out a comprehensive formation that encompasses all dimensions of our life!