Vic, Spain. The General Prefecture of Formation officially opened its 2017 English Course for Formators at the School for the Heart of Mary last April 18, 2017, at the Claretian Spirituality Center (CESC) in Vic, Spain. Twenty-four formators from thirteen Provinces/Delegations are present. Fr. Leo Dalmao, General Prefect of Formation and Fr. Jesus Palacios are spearheading the conferences. Other Claretians, experts in the field of formation will also join them soon. The course that will end on July 7, 2017, is divided into three phases and locations. From Vic, they will be transferring to Barbastro then end in Colmenar Viejo.

The program aims to form the formators of the Congregation in accordance with the charismatic and formative foundations of our Claretian identity so that they may be more equipped to accompany the formandi in their vocational discernment and growth. The formators are guided in their personal vocational awareness and in facing its many challenges. Likewise, they are also given ample knowledge of the traditions of the Congregation and the spirit of the General Plan of Formation; a time to personalize and learn the Constitutions of the Congregation; a moment to be strengthen in the Word of God; be enriched with the exchange of formative experiences among formators of different parts of the world; and the possibility to develop one’s own skills in understanding and accompanying the formands.

Included in the Program are visits to different Claretian places, study of Claretian sources (Autobiography, constitutions and GPF), prayer integrations, workshops on personal accompaniment, sharing of experiences and cultural richness, and a synthesis paper.