Extraordinary Chapter of 1967: Renewal Chapter after vatican II

Decree on Formation:


no.1. Salvation of humanity is bound up with the renewal of the Church, in its sons and through them in the Church’s structures. But this renewal depends on the formation of its priests, or religious and of laity. (OT,preface).

formation has been entrusted to the sense of responsibility of educators and students.

This extraordinary General chapter wishes to pay attention to one o he most serious problems which the congregation has at present: the selection and formation of educators and students.

Chapter 1. General criteria:

  1. A.The over all purpose of formation

No. 2. The responsibility of superiors and educators to organize the entire educative process in the light of the full meaning of missionary sons of the heart of Mary, as it expresses the charism of the congregation within the church.

The apostolic formation should in a certain way guide all aspects of formation

  1. B.Principles of integration

An integral formation embraces the harmonious development of all th facets of the personality of the claretian missionary:

  1. a.Human formation
  2. b.Christian-ecclesial formation
  3. c.Religious-evangelical formation
  4. d.Claretian-apostolic formation
  5. e.Priestly formation, for those called to the priesthood.
  6. C.Spiritual formation.

No. 40. All the above require an intense cultivation of the spiritual life as an irreplaceable source of supernatural vitality.

No.41. Spiritual formation should be given in such a way “that students may learn to live in an intimate and unceasing union with the Father though His son Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit (OT 8).

Means for spiritual formation: Nos. 45-47: Liturgy, Eucharist; 48. Personal prayer, 49-50. Meditation of the Word of God; 51. Examen of conscience, 52. Spiritual reading; 53. Spiritual direction

Chapter II. Criteria of adaptation

A. General principles

54. adaptation in such way that our formation may correspond to the type, mentality, and psychology of those in formation, to cultural differences, and to the needs of our times. It should be flesxible in itself, susceptible to continuous renewal in the dynamic evolutional sense of reality today and keeping in mind that the one in formation today is the apostle of tomorrow.

56. structures be decentralized in character giving merely a fundamental nucleus of ducumets…, leaving to different countries and provinces sufficient liberty to concretise them and apply them as suits their own needs and circumstances..

59. interprovincial and international seminaries, but in a way that formation be most direct and personal possible.. individual attention

60. Let our members cooperate with generous and disinterested lending of our personnel, in the formation or other seminarians and religious.

63. adequate discipline.. neither impose an excessive authoritarianism nor permit an individualistic freedom.

64. disciplinary regulations will be revised in accordance with the positive contributions of psychology, pedagogy and sociology.

66. moving force of discipline should be internal conviction, that of conscience, in virtue of which authority of superiors is accepted.

70 social contact will be extended progressively to spheres outside the seminary: one’s own family, student and worker circles, and society in general, according as the needs of maturation of personality and initiation of those being educated in the ministry dictate it, and character of our religious and missionary apostolic vocation suggests.

D Adaptation of Directors of of formation

71. open mentality and capacity for dialogue

72. team work, commitment to formation, closeness to students

73. stable presence in the formation house by the principal roster of professors

E. Adaptation of Methods of formation

74. competency in every aspect of formation.

Chapter III. Directors and others responsible for formation

76. Suitability and selection of directors of formation

77. qualities and preparation of Directors of Formation: ecclesial sense, missionary sensitivity, refined love for the congregation, proven fidelity to superiors, intense life of prayer, unblemished exemplarity. Emotional maturity, leadership, interior balance.

81. Prefect of students and spiritual direction. Formative direction.

82.2. Among us the prefect fulfills the function of spiritual director on his own right

If any student requests a special confessor or spiritual director and it is seen that he needs one, let the superior readily grant his request. ..Ch. documents not opposed to the normal plurality of spiritual directors.

84. Superiors responsible for formation

Chapter IV. Stages of formation (88-148)

Chapter V. Arrangement of studies (149- 199)