Elements of Formation

 
Whereas discipline without discipleship leads to rigid formalism, discipleship without discipline ends in sentimental romanticism.
— Henri J.M. Nouwen
 
 

Hours

Expected hours of involvement

Days

Expected Days of involvement

During this year you will be formed by your personal and communal prayer and study, by discovering the balance of spiritual and human disciplines handed down by the wisdom of the Church, by teaching, training, and equipping offered by great instructors, by relationships with other students, and by ministry. 

 

Formation in Spiritual Life:

  • Rooted in the Word of God and the teaching of the Church

  • Evoking spiritual response to the surrounding culture

  • Personal development based on the greatest teachers of Christian spirituality

  • Establishing solid foundations in personal and communal prayer life: daily Lectio Divina and spiritual reading, participation in Sacraments, Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration, communal charismatic and traditional forms of prayer.

  • Development of spiritual discernment

  • Practicum in developing natural and supernatural charisms in the service for the Church

  • Developing spiritual friendships

 

Formation in Liturgy:

  • Simple chant

  • Liturgy of the Hours

  • The Paschal Mystery

  • Eucharistic Adoration

 

Formation in Pastoral Theology:

  • Discipleship

  • Identity and formation of laity

  • Faith and Reason

  • Evangelization: biblical, pastoral, practical.

  • Forming of communities of faith

  • Mercy and the Catholic social teaching

 

Formation in Intellectual and moral Life:

  • Daily Bible reading and studying

  • Beatitudes

  • Catechism study of sections regarding revelation and faith, Christology, prayer, sin/grace/redemption, Christian life, Trinity, Holy Spirit, charisms, sacraments, ecclesiology, eschatology

 

Human Formation:

  • Theology of the Body

  • Basics of anthropology, metaphysics and personhood

  • Relationships

  • Vocations

  • Leadership

  • Communication

  • Creativity and arts

  • Freedom and society

 

Ecclesiology:

  • Church, parish, community of faith, family.

  • Ecumenism

  • Early Christian initiation, catechumenate in history of the Church and now

 
 
Every mystery of life has its origin in the heart.
— Hans Urs von Balthasar
 
 

weekly topics

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identity

Discipleship

Quarter 1:

Prayer. A vision for a life of prayer based on the writings and experience of saints. Human Heart. Metanoia. Identity in Jesus and personal revival. An authentic lifestyle of a worshipper and disciple. Rhythm of Christian life.

Retreat.

Holy Spirit

Ministry

Quarter 2:

Holy Spirit and His gifts: sanctifying, charismatic, ministry gifts. Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Discernment of the spirits and God’s will. Renewal of mind. Call of God. Hearing God’s voice. Spiritual warfare. Deliverance, physical and inner healing. Prophetic gifts. Intercession. Anointing.

 

evangelization

Mission

Quarter 3:

Evangelization in the current culture. Kerygmatic preaching. Alpha training and leading Alpha course. Evangelization in family, parish, work, neighborhood, ministry. Stages of discipleship. New and old evangelization.

community

Leadership

Quarter 4:

Relationships. Belonging. Spiritual Friendships. Living the Book of Acts in 21st century. Leadership and community building. Developing mission, vision, values, strategy, culture.

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of... We know the truth not only by the reason, but by the heart.
— Blaise Pascal