CONTENTS

(General Plan of Formation)

Presentation                                                  1

Prologue                                                                 15

CONTENTS                                                                  21

ABBREVIATIONS USED                                    29

INTRODUCTION                                               35

1. Nature and Purpose of the GPF        35

2. Recipients of the GPF                             36

3. Sources of Inspiration for the GPF 36

4. The Structure of the GPF                     37

PART ONE: GENERAL ASPECTS                       39

Chapter 1: Claretian Formation: Objective
and Frame of Reference         41

1. Fundamental objective                       43

1.1. Conformity with Christ the Missionary 43

1.2. According to the Claretian charism in the Church           44

1.3. By means of a personalizing and transforming process   45

1.4. In each concrete situation, and open to our
universal mission                                   45

2. Frame of Reference                               46

2.1. Our Claretian identity (charismatic reference)       46

2.1.1. We are followers of Jesus Christ in the style           
of the Apostles                                 47

2.1.2. Formed by the Spirit in the forge of Mary’s Heart   48

2.1.3. To seek in all things the Glory of God   49

2.1.4. In missionary community            50

2.1.5. Called to evangelize through the ministry
of the Word                                      51

2.1.6. In the evangelizing mission of the Church      51

2.1.7. According to the calls of God in our time       52

2.2. Formation as a process (pedagogical reference)    53

2.2.1. Personalizing                                 54

2.2.2. Integral and integrating               55

2.2.3. Gradual, progressive and articulated    56

2.2.4. Attentive to the specific vocation 58

2.2.5. Liberating                                     58

2.2.6. Prophetic                                      58

2.2.7. Inculturated, intercultural and universal        59

2.3. The present situation (situational reference)         61

2.3.1. The sociocultural situation          61

2.3.2. The ecclesial situation                  64

2.3.3. The Congregational situation      65

Chapter 2: The Process of Becoming
Conformed with Christ
the Missionary                           67

1. The vocational experience as the
starting point                                          69

2. The community as an expression of our missionary convocation  71

3. The mission as a central formative key  72

4. The religious vows                               73

4.1. Chastity                                                  74

4.2. Poverty                                                  77

4.3. Obedience                                             80

5. The apostolic virtues                           83

5.1. Apostolic Charity                                  83

5.2. Humility                                                 84

5.3. Meekness                                              85

5.4. Mortification                                         87

Chapter 3: The Inspirational Agents 
and Models                                 91

1. The agents                                                 93

1.1. The Spirit who anoints us for the mission    93

1.2. Mary, formator of missionaries in the forge of her Heart           95

1.3.                                                The Church       98

1.4. The person in formation, protagonist of his process         100

1.5. Formators, the formation teams, and mentors      102

1.6. The formative community                 105

1.7. Other agents                                       106

2. The inspirational models                 107

2.1. The Founder                                        107

2.1.1. Claret as charismatic model      107

2.1.2. The Autobiography as Claretian itinerary       108

2.1.3. The Forge as a pedagogical proposal    108

2.1.4. The saints                                   110

2.2.                                       The Congregation      111

2.2.1. The exemplary meaning of its history  111

2.2.2. The Constitutions: the Congregation’s project
of missionary life                           114

Chapter 4:          The Formative Factors
(Personal and Environmental)     117

1. Personal factors                                 119

1.1. Physical factors                                  119

1.2. Psychological factors                          120

1.3. Youth-related factors                         121

1.4. Spiritual factors                                  123

2. Environmental factors                    123

2.1. The family                                           123

2.2. The physical space                              125

2.3. Culture and society                            126

2.4. Technology and communications media     128

2.5. The Church community                     128

2.6. The Congregational community        130

2.7. The Province or Delegation community 131

3. The places                                                132

3.1.     The social and cultural setting of the
formation community                          132

3.2. The formation house                          133

Chapter 5: The Dynamisms and Means 135

1. Vocational accompaniment           138

1.1. The process of vocational growth     138

1.2. Personal accompaniment                  138

2. The Word and the sacraments       142

2.1. The Word                                            142

2.2. The Eucharist                                      144

2.3. Reconciliation                                     147

3. Prayer and study                                 147

3.1. Prayer                                                  148

3.2. Study                                                   150

4. Community life and formative
apostolic experiences                          153

4.1. Community Life                                  153

4.2. Formative apostolic experiences in initial formation       156

Chapter 6: The Responsible Agents and Structures of Animation and Coordination                           161

1. The Superiors of the Congregation 163

2. The Prefectures of formation        166

2.1. General Aspects                                  166

2.2. The General Prefecture of Formation 166

2.3. The Prefectures of Formation of the Major Organisms    169

2.4. Formation Councils                            171

3. Interprovincial collaboration     172

PART TWO: STAGES                                     175

Chapter 7: Stage of Preparation:
Pre-Novitiate (Aspirancy
and Postulancy)                     177

1. General criteria of discernment   179

2. Stages of Pre-Novitiate                     181

2.1. Aspirancy                                             181

2.1.1. General principles                      181

2.1.2. General Objectives                     182

2.1.3. Specific Objectives                     182

2.1.4. Those responsible                       184

2.2. Postulancy                                           185

2.2.1. Nature and aim                          185

2.2.2. Requirements                             185

2.2.3. General objectives                      187

2.2.4. Specific objectives and means  187

a. Human Dimension                    187

b. Christian dimension                  190

c. Claretian Dimension                  191

2.2.3. Characteristics                            193

2.2.4. Those responsible                       195

Chapter 8: Stage of Initiation: Novitiate   197

1. Nature and aim                                    199

2. Requirements                                        199

3. General objectives                               200

4. Specific objectives and means         200

4.1.                                      Human dimension      201

4.1.1. Specific objectives                      201

4.1.2. Means                                          201

4.2.                                   Christian dimension      202

4.2.1. Specific objectives                      202

4.2.2. Means                                          203

4.3.                                   Claretian dimension      205

4.3.1. Specific objectives                      205

4.3.2. Means                                          205

5. Characteristics                                     208

6. The novice master and
his collaborators                                209

7. Special moments                                  210

Chapter 9: Stage of Development and Consolidation: Post-Novitiate                                         (Students)      213

1. Nature and aim                                    215

2. Juridical aspects                                  215

3. General objectives                               216

4. Specific objectives and means         216

4.1. Human dimension                              216

4.2. Christian dimension                           218

4.3. Claretian dimension                           219

5. Characteristics                                     220

6. Principal dynamisms                          221

6.1. Prayer                                                  222

6.2. Study                                                   223

6.3. Community Life                                  225

6.4. Apostolic Experiences                        226

6.5. Personal Accompaniment                  226

7. The prefect and his collaborators 227

8. Perpetual profession and immediate preparation for it          230

Chapter 10: Specific Formation           233

1. The need of a formation for
specific vocations                                 235

2. The specific formation of the
missionary brother                             235

2.1. General Criteria                                   235

2.2. Formative Guidelines                         237

2.3. Ministries Proper to their Lay Vocation 238

2.3.1. Non-installed Ministries            238

2.3.2. Installed ministries: Lector and Acolyte          238

2.4. Organizational Aspects                      240

3. The specific formation of the
missionary deacon                               240

3.1. General criteria                                  240

3.2. Ministerial Functions of the Deacon 241

3.3. Formative Guidelines                         242

3.4. Admission to the Diaconate              243

4.               The specific formation of the
missionary priest                                  244

4.1. General Criteria                                   244

4.2. Ministerial Functions of the Priest    245

4.3. Formative Guidelines                         246

4.4. Admission to the Priesthood             248

Chapter 11: The Missionary in the Process
of Ongoing Formation       251

1. Nature and aim of ongoing formation          253

2. The need for ongoing formation 254

2.1. In Order to be Faithful to our Personal Project of Life     254

2.2. In order to be faithful to the renewing
action of the Spirit                                254

2.3. In order to be faithful to the process
of Congregational renewal                   256

2.4. In order to be faithful to the challenges of the mission   256

3. Charismatic reference of
ongoing formation                             257

4. Congregational criteria for
ongoing formation                             258

5. Agents and those responsible for
ongoing formation                             260

6. Ways of realizing this                       261

6.1.                                            Ordinary ways      262

6.1.1. Personal level                             262

6.1.2. Community level                        262

6.1.3. Major Organisms                        263

6.1.4. General Level                              264

6.2.                                   Extraordinary Ways      265

6.2.1. Specializations                            265

6.2.2. The Sabbatical Year                    266

6.2.3.Missionary Experiences              267

7. Special periods during
ongoing formation                             267

7.1. The Quinquennium                            267

7.2. The Middle Age                                   269

7.3. The Third Age                                     272

7.4. The Fourth Age                                   275

8. Particular Situations                        278

8.1. Crisis During On-going Formation     278

8.2. Inappropriate conduct related to Evangelical Counsels   281

8.2.1. Inappropriate Conduct Related to the
Vow of Celibacy                             282

a.         Sexual Abuse of Minors and
Vulnerable Adults                       283

b. Sexual Abuse in the Context of Ministry
Involving Adult Faithful              286

c.       Abuse of Consecrated Women      287

d.                     Homosexual Behaviors      288

8.2.2. Inappropriate Conduct Related to the
Vow of Poverty                              289

8.2.3. Inappropriate conduct related to obedience  292

Conclusion                                                 295

Appendices  297