FORMATION PLAN OF THE SRILANKAN MISSION
In the presentation to the General Plan of Formation the then Superior General of the Congregation, Very Rev.Fr. Aquilino Bocos Merino, CMF expressed thus: “Fr. Claret stated that his spirit went out to the whole world, and his prophecy is still being fulfilled throughout the nations… These new vocations are contributing a new way of viewing, interpreting and expressing the consecrated life and the Claretian life. ..This newborn shaping of the Congregation has been fairly crying out for a Formation Plan that would promote the re-creation of Claretian identity by blending the values characteristic of various peoples with the charismatic bent of our universal missionary vocation. ..What is now expected of all Claretians is that we apply ourselves, with humility and effort to an indepth living of the evangelical and evangelizing charism of Claret in our diverse historical cultural and social contexts”(GPF, p.10f.).
The Formation Plan of the Sri Lankan Mission is a modest attempt to help the formators and formandi to foster the vocational growth and maturity at different stages in the light of the guidelines of the General Plan of Formation and the requirements of the context of Sri Lanka. The formation of this Formation Plan has taken various years to get ripe and mature and it is the hope that this plan will help those concerned with Claretian formation to give a solid grounding and coherent expression of the content of our vocation in the Church and in the world and will contribute adequately to the maturing process of this vocation. The essential and indispensable values of the Claretian life need to be validly transmitted in the formation process and this Plan make it its main concern.
4.2.1 Vocation Recruitment
“We need new vocations to renew the Congregation and strengthen it in conformity with the charism we have received, and we need to renew the congregation to have new vocations, able to respond to the present challenges of evangelization. That is why we cannot compromise the standards of the demands while selecting vocations, and we do not have to be afraid of being less in numbers if candidates do not respond to the required standard”. (Claretian Vocation Directory, 2000)
The missionary nature of the congregation, its concern for the growth of the Kingdom of God, its desire to keep alive the desire of Fr. Founder that God the Father be known, loved and be served has led many generations of Claretians to devote a special effort to arouse, select and cultivate vocations (CVD 1)
In line with this articulation of the CVD and the commitment to the growth of our congregation to reach its aim we through the vocation ministry aim to make known the Claretian way of life to the young who show some interest in committing themselves to the service of the Lord. We through regular personal contacts motivate them and help them to cultivate and develop in them the desire for Claretian vocation.
The vocation team comprising of a coordinator and representatives from the different communities try to reach out all the dioceses of the island and all the ethnic groups. Right from the beginning the team never forgets to speak about the universal nature of the congregation.
To promote the boys interested in the Claretian way of life and foster in them the desire to follow Christ in the style of our Founder St. A. M. Claret.
- 1.Every member of the Claretian mission in Sri Lanka develops a sincere desire tovocations through prayers and the joyful living of his vocation.
- 2.All forms of our ministries to become the modes of promoting vocations.
- 3.Visiting schools and parishes. Organizing vocation camps to speak about the Claretian way of life.
- 4.Creative use of our publication ministry.
- 5.Family visits and regular correspondence (Continuous accompaniment)
- 6.Collaboration with the friends, families, religious and the lay Claretians.
- 7.Making the maximum use of the vocation day programmes, exhibitions organized by the dioceses, parishes and other religious.
1. The Vocation facilitator as the chief agent amply supported by the team, the different community representatives and the Claretian parish priests.
2. The Lay Claretians, friends and well-wishers through their ministries.
3. In fact all the members of the region.
4. Claretian Sisters
- Good catholic family background.
- To see in the beginning itself into the physical and mental health of the applicant.
- In general we discourage the case of only child.
- In the case of the recruitment of Ex-seminarians more discretion is to be applied.
- We may accept the late vocation but only candidates who are not older than 35 years of age and having the sufficient qualification to go for the philosophical studies.
General guide lines/ suggestions:
A) Follow a plan for the vocation recruitment.
B) To have a representative or a vocation facilitator from every community and they would form a team and a coordinator will be appointed by the Regional Council.
C) Conduct vocation camps in different regions.
D) A sincere attention be paid on the recruitment of boys from all the dioceses and from the different ethnic groups.
E) All our formation houses and our parishes be open and receive students who are willing to have a come and see experience.
F) The formation team of the minor seminary with the help of the vocation facilitators of the region discern the admission of the student to the minor seminary.
G) Prior to the admission of the candidate to the minor seminary we would like to recommend at least three months of personal contact with the candidate.
H) The recruitment of candidates be preferably after O/L and A/L and professionals.
4.2.2 Minor Seminary
Minor seminary is the first stage of our initial formation where one gets the taste of and gets the first hand experience of the Claretian Way of living. Through various orientation programmes every student is helped to grow in maturity in all the different dimensions of life and enabled to discern and decide freely his vocation along with it he gets the guidance to complete his academic requirements.
We admit the students in two different stages: Those join at year 10 will continue their academic studies without a break till the completion of GCE A/L unless or otherwise any grave reason impedes. And then they will get a complete year of English language formation. This system applies also to those join the seminary after the GCE O/L. But those who come after the GCE A/L will have at least minimum of 0ne full year of English and if needed they could be given a chance of another year for the formation in English language.
Separate program to be arranged for the professionals who are recruited.
To help the aspirants in a homely atmosphere to grow in human, Christian, Claretian and academic dimensions of life which will help them to identify, accept and discern their vocation during the minor seminary formation.
- In the Seminary we create a conducive atmosphere for the integral growth.
- Constantly make the student aware and come to recognize that as he grows in his human maturity he also grows in his religious vocation.
- To organize orientation programmes and group dynamisms to help him grow in human maturity, sexual understanding and appreciation of it, emotional growth, inter-personal relationship etc.
- Help them and create a good atmosphere to learn and practice good manners.
- Inculcate in the candidate to grow in human values such as respect and recognition of the goodness in other cultures, Religions, traditions etc.
- Students get enough opportunities to learn and be involved in manual work so that they learn to respect the dignity of human labor.
- A student to experience a total growth everyone gets ample opportunities to develop his academic, artistic, sporting and cultural talents. He must learn to be creative.
- Make arrangements so that the student may learn the languages from the early days in the minor seminary itself.
- To create and develop a community spirit among the students a sufficient amount of group activities be regularly organized.
- Assign every student certain responsibilities so that he may grow as responsible candidate.
- To get the collaboration of the parents and create a community spirit organize parents day programme and community day celebrations.
- As an opportunity to learn and participate in the pains and struggles of the people our students practice austerity, sacrifice etc during the special seasons of the year and for a special cause.
- Recognizing and appreciating the contribution of the benefactors, our students learn to pray for them.
- Encourage and motivate the students to be models to their peers.
- .Forming the students in the daily living of Christian values through retreats, recollections, spiritual conferences etc.
- Encourage and open the possibilities for the students to read the Bible daily and to the reading of the lives of saints and develop in them the habit of reading.
- Help and encourage them to actively take part in the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist.
- From the early days onwards teach and train every student in different types of meditation, and introduce them in to the habit of examination of conscience and to the spiritual direction.
- Initiating them into the true identity of Claretian by :
- Teaching them on Father Claret.
- Celebrating the important Claretian feasts.
- Celebration of the Marian Feasts and devotions.
- Praying the Rosary.
- Celebrating the feast of Claretian Martyrs.
- Sharing of the missionary experience of the Claretian missionaries.
- Keep them informed of the history and developments of the Congregation and Church.
- Praying for the deceased members of the Congregation and benefactors. Etc.
- The superior, prefect and the formation team of the Minor seminary.
- Spiritual directors and the confessors.
- All the teachers of the Minor seminary.
- All the Claretian missionaries who come and pass through the Minor seminary.
- Usually the students get holidays three times in a year. So two holidays be used for the home visits and the third be used for the common programmes in the house.
- The Minor seminarians get holidays for the important family events and of the very close relatives.
- A monthly contribution from every student. But the Formation team according to its discretion could give concession to students depending on the family situations.
- The medical expenses; all the minor and recurring medical expenses be met by the community and the expenses for the major treatments be met by the family.
- To give the priority to the formation, the formators not to be burdened with many other ministries.
- Formation team of the minor seminary stipulates specific guide lines in choice of school and choice of subjects for A/L.
- The formation team takes serious effort to organize spiritual direction and confessions.
- From the early days onwards the formators insist on the study of languages.
- At the time of admission , every candidate bring the following documents : Recommendation of the Parish Priest, Birth, baptism, confirmation, Marriage of the parents and school leaving certificates, O/L or A/L result sheets and medical report.
- From the Minor seminary a student sits maximum twice for the entrance exam to the national seminary.
- The Formation team makes a well detailed and differentiated formation plan for the candidates to the brotherhood
- Those who have high Z score be permitted to pursue their university studies
- Before promoting to the next stage arrange a detailed medical examination of every candidate.
4.2.3 Postulancy /Pre-Philosophy/Philosophy
This community of the students will be a non-professed community, hence the regulations that belongs to the non professed community will be applicable to them.
A student who sits for the entrance Exam of the Jaffna Seminary after the completion of at least of one year of English programme will directly go to St. Francis Xavier’s Seminary, Columbuthrai, Jaffna for three years of Philosophy of which the first year will be dedicated to the programme on pre-philosophy
The study of Philosophy for all the students who enter our Congregation will be at St. Francis Xavier’s Seminary, Columbuthurai, Jaffna .
The formation stage of postulancy (GPF 325-347) is integrated into the last two years of philosophical studies.
To help the postulants to reach at human and spiritual maturity required for decision making and clearly identifying his motivation of becoming a Claretian; also to grow in the understanding of our Founder St. Anthony Mary Claret and the mission of Claretian today by the active and meaningful living of the Christian faith.
- Some personal and group guidance on maturity and sexuality, psychological growth etc. by experts.
- Every member of the community strives hard to keep the multi-linguistic culture alive especiallythe proficiency of the languages and the respect for the other cultures
- Encouraging and forming them to work as a community and inculcate the spirit of team work in their apostolate, manual work etc.
- Help every student to discern his vocation through the daily faithful living of the Claretian community life
- Regular conference by the team of formators on different Claretian and Christian themes.
- Help the students to prepare a personal project and in the sincere implementation of the same project.
- During this time of formation help them and provide them with Claretian documents to become acquainted with the Claretian documents
- Carefully and creatively prepare and celebrate the Claretian feasts.
- Celebrate with love the feast days or the birthdays of the Claretian members.
- Having regular planning and evaluation of the same
- Encouraging and forming them to work as community and inculcate the spirit of team work in their apostolate,work etc.
- Provide the student s with a regular confessor and a Spiritual director
- Dedicate time to read and reflect the word of God
- Daily creative and meaningful celebration of the Holy Eucharist
- Help the students to understand the importance of daily meditation, personal prayer, annual retreat etc. and encourage them to celebrate it.
- Organize parish and village exposure so that the students are in touch with the reality.
- Teaching them the practical guidelines and techniques of studies.
- Help and encourage them to develop their extracurricular talents.
- Actively dedicate in the study of philosophy.
- Taking part in the extra-curricular activities to trace out and develop the talents he possesses in view of the mission.
- Encourage the students to develop the habit of reading (make the maximum use of our libraries and
- That of the other institutions, to encourage them to contribute their writings to the journals and the manuscripts of our own.
- Guide the students to use the academic facilities to grow in the understanding of the signs of the time.
- To develop and standardize their knowledge of English offer some courses by specialists on voice culture
- Create a conducive atmosphere for solid intellectual work and formation.
- To have regular personal talks with the formators.
- As they get four holidays in a year, two holidays may be used for the home visit and the other two could be used for the pastoral experience and for some dynamism on personality development and maturity.
- The students of philosophy being non professed Postulants they will meet their personal expenses and every student contributes something to the Seminary, the amount is decided by the parents of the students in consultation with the formation team of the community
- The families of the formandi be encouraged to contribute financially towards the formation of their children.
- Detailed reports on every student by the superior and the formator in-charge to be handed over properly to the persons who take charge from them.
- During philosophy there is a time of immersion to learn language, the duration of the immersion will be by team of formators but the duration be not less than one full month
- University students are aspirants – special program has to be organized by the formation team. After their studies they will follow one year philosophy that will be their postulant period.
- A well planned program has to be organized as preparation to enter into novitiate.
A student of our region comes to the Novitiate after being in direct contact and living in the Claretian communities for at least 4 – 8 years. He joins the Novitiate after completing the postulancy period and his Philosophical studies
To be initiated integrally into the following of Christ the Evangelizer according to the charism of our Father Founder with the view of incorporation into the Congregation through the act of profession; to get a better knowledge of the calling he has received and is going to respond by coming to a better understanding of the life and the mission of the Congregation in the Church.
- Personalized accompaniment by the Novice Master.
- Provide enough opportunities for hard work (Manual labor)
- By means of exposures and workshops come to understand and get the taste of poverty and the life of the marginalized
- Classes on self-esteem and Psycho spiritual, Psycho sexual integration be taught.
- Find out and provide opportunities to take part in the inter-provincial and congregational get together.
- Every novice gets ample time and opportunity to study and to assimilate the Constitution, the Charism of our Founder, history and the mission of the Congregation
- Integration of the Word mission project as a part of formation programme.
- Motivate the novices for Universal Missionary aspect of formation to respond the invitation of the universality of the congregation
- Brotherhood can be introduced
- JPIC can be introduced
- Study and the proper understanding of the history, dimensions and the nature of religious life.
- Get more acquainted with the documents and the teachings of the Church on religious life.
- Deepening of the relationship with God through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, daily prayer and meditation and meditative reading of the Word of God, thus to have a personal experience of God.
- Lear and practice various methods of meditation.
- To cultivate virtues that give greater credibility to a disciple of Christ namely, hard work, respect for other and self, joy, self sacrifice, availability, cordiality, simplicity, constancy, and steadfastness of will, keeping his word, personal dignity in ones bearing and speech. (GPF 356/4)
- Daily meaningful and fruitful celebration of the Holy Eucharist (CC 61) and the liturgy of the hours, and the frequent celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (GPF 359/4).
- Develop a maternal love towards the Bl. Virgin Mary and grow in the Cordimarian spirituality.
- Meditating on the Johnnine and Pauline texts specially the passages that refer to the actions of the Holy spirit upon the believers. (GPF 360/4)
- Introduce the students into the mysteries of Christ (GPF 360/2)
- Let the Novice master be free from other responsibilities that hinder his presence in the Novitiate.
- From the start of the formation itself every student be made aware of the universal nature of the congregation and helping him to be available for the universal mission.
Our Professed Students go to the National Seminary, Ampitiya for their four years of Theological studies. During the course of Theology we have a break of one year for the pastoral experience of the students usually which also includes the preparation for the final vows. These years of our vocational consolidations last together up to five years.
To continue the work begun in the novitiate and to deepen in all the aspects of Claretian missionary life with a view of definitive incorporation into the Congregation and into the missionary service in the Church.
- To prepare themselves with the solid intellectual formation to fulfill their future mission effectively. (GPF 386/3)
- To pursue emotional maturity by learning to Develop a sense of responsibility and of fidelity to the word they give, a capacity for solitude and for silence. (GPF 386/1)
- Learn the desire for hard work and love for austerity, a spirit of sacrifice, moral rectitude, capacity to cope up with frustrations and conflicts, as well as hope filled vision of reality. (GPF 386/ 1)
- Foster a sense of detachment from persons, places and things
- Learn the desire for hard work and love for austerity, a spirit of sacrifice, moral rectitude, capacity to cope up with frustrations and conflicts, as well as hope filled vision of reality (386/1)
- Learn to be transparent and sincere to keep the accounts and a general view of administrative skills.
- To achieve the deeper knowledge of Christian doctrines and joyful living of the same.
- Help every student to understand the importance of Spiritual Direction and creating enough opportunities for the same
- Every student learns to prepare his personal project and systematic implementation of it.
- Prepare them very well in the discipline of Liturgy with enough chances to exercise them
- Guided to learn to discern the will of God for him through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, daily prayers and the meditative reading of the Word of God.
- Everyone be formed to cultivate a sense of sharing of their time, things and the talents for the good of the community with a sense of belongingness
- According to the Sprit of our Founder creatively and willfully involve and prepare for the missions that are most urgent, opportune and effective.
- Be guided well and given enough opportunities to prepare and break the Word of God.
- The students get enough and needed opportunities for the apostolic and missionary exposure with due initiative an evaluation.
- As the preparation for the final vows too falls during this stage of formation six months prior to the final vows be the time of intense preparation for the same.
- Due attention be given to the preparations for the Diaconate and priestly ordinations
- During these years more attention will be paid for the opportunities for team work with training and exposures.
- Learn to grow in the belongingness to the Claretian Congregation and the community.
- Along with the Liturgical discipline those who are able may learn music.
- Six months of diaconate ministry and preparation for the Ordination to priesthood.
- Proficiency in all three languages before the Diaconate.
- Develop a sincere openness to work anywhere both in our own country or anywhere in the world where our service is needed.
- Holidays: All the students get 21 days of holidays during the major vacation. And they could be allowed to take part in the major family events at the discretion of the team of formators.
- All take it very seriously when writing reports on students applying for vows either perpetual or temporary, diaconate and ordination; that the reports be genuine and be submitted in time. And the reports also be asked for in time.
- During the period of this formative stage we suggest the preparation and the conferring of;
- Lector be conferred at the beginning of the first year of Theology
- And Acolyte at the beginning of the second year of theology,
- Final vows be at the end of the third year of theology and the
- Ordination to the diaconate at the end of fourth year during the holidays.
6. At the time of dismissal the reason be told to the student concerned and his parents and the parish priest properly while safeguarding his human dignity.
7. Possibility of a break when it is felt needed for the discernment of the students. It may be either requested by the student himself or the formators might have felt the need of it for the growth of the candidate
8. JPIC should included in their Sunday apostolate
9. Pastoral year follow up be taken well care.
10.Once they finish their final year their personal file should reach to the regionalate.
4.2.6 Pastoral Year
A student who finishes his second year of theology will be introduced into this year of pastoral experience. It is a one year programme.
“Seminarians need to learn the art of the apostolate not only in theory but also in practice..” Vat II Opt. Totius 21
“The pastoral Year is to be encouraged as a means of the highest order for the growth in maturity of future priests.” Guidelines for Sem. Formation on Evangelization of Peoples
“Future Priests will be able to be inserted into the living pastoral tradition of their particular churches“ Past. Dabo. Vobis. No. 58
Claretian Directory says, “ It belongs to the major superior of those in formation to determine the time, place, manner and programme for “Pastoral” formation in the strict sense, bearing in mind the norms of cann. 255-258 and the guidelines given by the Conference of Bishops and the Religious Superiors of the country. (Dir. 246)
- To achieve a greater personal maturity, both as human being and as a believer by being introduced to the daily realities of the people’s lives and the socio-economic conditions of the people and reflect on the response as a pastor
- To enable the student to deepen his understanding and acceptance of his vocation as a missionary for a more mature decision.
- To create opportunities to gain pastoral experiences, learn the task for his future ministry and the way of servant hood – leadership.
- To get in touch with the concrete experiences and prepare for committed Claretian Apostolate.
- To Learn to work as a team with the Claretians Missionaries and possible shared mission with others (Priests, religious, lay, non Catholics and non Christians)
- Every student actively involves in the Apostolate.
- Work as a team and be ready for feedback. Assign some concrete responsibilities with prior preparation of the plan and the student himself.
- Working experience in a factory could be also included in the programme.
- Student is expected to write a research paper at the end of the Programme.
- During this time students could join the programs conducted byother Congregations, which have similar pastoral year programme with the same orientation. (Eg.: AIT Programme of the OMI)
- At the end of every programme, every month if the programme is more than a month, the Claretian students will have a evaluation, apart from the personal evaluation, with the participation of the priest in-charge of their formation.
- The priest assigned as the person in-charge and the superior of the Claret Nivas community will be directly taking care of the students during their pastoral year.
- Hence the students of pastoral year will form the part of the Claret Nivas Community, Gurunediya, Kandy.
- As it is also the immediate year that precedes their preparation to the final vows, they will be taking part in the ‘Final vows preparation programme’ of ASCLA West, which usually falls in the month of May.
- During the year take more efforts to read and reflect certain Claretian Documents.
4.2.7 Ongoing Formation
This period of formation that lasts lifelong (GPF 460) is a very important formative process that makes a missionary relevant to the time he lives. Through this ongoing formation a Claretian Missionary realizes and tries to achieve the maximum of his potency. It embraces the whole person and the all dimensions of his personality:- physical, psychological, spiritual, intellectual, and apostolic- ministerial. It is in a way the renewal and making a person and the community relevant to the time and the Congregation exists.. It is proper of disciple to be constantly listening, open to the surprises of the Word and of the Spirit. (GPF 460/1)
To develop the potencies of a missionary for his personal growth and fulfillment in the Congregation so as to give a relevant response to the signs of the times going through his constant growth through the Congregation for the benefit of the recipients of our mission.
- Daily meditative reading of the Word of God in the personal and community prayer amidst the events of history, cultures and life problems of the people.
- As an individual and as a community we strive daily to live the Christian and Claretian values.
- Encourage everyone to draw a personal project that includes spiritual, physical. Psychological, intellectual and apostolic and missionary dimensions of our life.
- Developing an attitude and openness to work anywhere and at any capacity where our service is needed.
- Becoming aware of the current issues that affect the people of our times.
- To give a relevant response we come to know the people and their struggles by reading the signs of the time.
- Periodic evaluation of our own selves and our missionary and community activities.
- Participate actively in the inter communities, inter religious, inter provincial and diocesan encounters.
- Organize and take part actively n workshops, seminars, retreats and encounters.
- Taking care of the health of our own.
- Be in touch with the growth and the problems affecting the congregation in different parts of the world.
- Everyone gets a chance to take parting an ongoing formation exposure programme.
- Regional government animates members for the ongoing formation programme
- Year of spiritual renewal those who complete ten years of intense ministry to update themselves
- Quinquennium in the first five years of the ordination, special care and animation be given under the supervision of a guide.
- According to the need of the Congregation and her mission and personal aptitude of the missionaries send them for the specialization for the enhancement of their missionary commitment and for the enrichment of the Congregation.
- We recommend that some members may be prepared for the formation and Claret spirituality and charism
- Regional Government may prepare the solid plan for this programme.
4.2.9 Quinquennium – Pastoral Accompaniment programme
Quinquennium is a pastoral accompaniment program offered “to priests during the first five years of their ministry and to brothers during the first five years following their perpetual profession” SW: 22.2
The first five years of ministry are very important. They set a pace for the years that stretch ahead. They also lay a foundation for the future and provide a point of reference across a life time of ministry of the Word. In an initial and decisive way, the young missionaries embark on a formation journey of integration as they seek to link who they are and what they do, their Claretian missionary identity and service. They make themselves available to God’s transforming power at work in their ministry and lives.
In this stage, the Claretian should discover a new way of remaining faithful to God, in such a way that he can offer an adequate response to the challenges that arise for him in his new situation. (GPF. 507)
To continually rekindle the gifts that have been given to the Claretian missionary and update himself to remain relevant and to experience a deeper relationship with the Lord;
To share the load, or clarify the thoughts and motivation with a person who can understand such difficulties in an atmosphere of total confidentiality;
To break out of the isolation, a risk of beginning priestly ministry.
- They should have frequent and systematic meetings which will gradually lead young missionaries to grasp and incarnate the unique wealth of God’s gift which is our missionary vocation and to express their capabilities and ministerial attitude.
- The gathering of the young religious can have powerful formational significance. The gathering of the young Claretians provides a mutual support that is spiritual, moral, and authentically human. Such support is the necessary and encouraging context of Quinquennium
- The responsibility of individual Claretian missionary is obligatory in their conscious commitment to growth.
- Newly ordained also need to begin to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in theTranslating theory into practice is never a simple matter. It entails learning from and in the experience of ministry in order to grow in a prudential wisdom that can apply book knowledge in practical and effective ways.
- We desire conscious commitment in every Claretian to mature personally, spiritually intellectually, pastorally, and in Claretian Charism.
- A time to focus on a deepening of theological understanding, up- dating of pastoral methods and skills as well as human and spiritual growth.
Pastoral accompaniment program is a duty of the young Claretians in ministry , the person accompanying and the regional administration.
They bring their concerns and clarifications needed regarding Human Formation, Spiritual Formation, Intellectual formation, Pastoral Formation, and Claretian formation.
- Young Claretians come together once in three months for duration of three days. (February, May, August and November)
- One member of the group will be elected from the group to be the coordinator.
- Regional Administration will appoint a person to accompany the young priests.
- Each gathering should include common prayers, occasions for sharing of opportunities and challenges and the availability of the Sacrament of Penance. Days of recollection could be part of it.
- Every year program is to be evaluated by those who are participating and the person accompanying the process.
- Month of August programme could be a loner programme.
- Closing Programme (5th year) of Quinquennium should be for one month.
- The fifth year program could be along with the ASCLA organisms.
- Every member to bring with him an appraisal of his life and ministry to be submitted to the person who is accompanying them. The preparation to be completed before the start of the program.
- What areas of work have given me particular satisfaction in the past months?
- Are there areas of work that have given me little or no satisfaction? Why?
- What is the balance like between prayer, work, other commitments, recreation and rest?
- Are there less important or less urgent activities which I do readily, perhaps instead of doing first things first?
- Personal project is evaluated on a regular basis with the person concerned.
The desired outcome:
When young missionaries take hold of their own ongoing formation, good things happen. They offer a fresh perspective, a general renewal of energy and enthusiasm in the local church community. Claretians who are continuing their journey of formation become holy, healthy, and happy in their service of God and the Church.
4.2.10 FORMATION OF MISSIONARY BROTHERS
We form a Congregation of priests, deacons, brothers and students who share the same vocation(CC 7). The charism of the missionary brothers bears a distinctively lay stamp. From the very outset, laymen have entered our Congregation to become in their own special way, cooperators in its mission. By their religious profession, the missionary brothers fully share in the nature of our Congregation and are called to fulfill its evangelizing mission through their distinctive lay roles in union with our deacons and priests. The fact that this reality in our Congregation has become almost nonexistent in the Asian part makes us challenge our ways and means of vocation recruitment and the mode of approach to this way of vocation. Too much stress on clerical vocations and lack of appreciation for the lay vocation which had not been the way of our Holy Founder can e seen as reasons for the nonexistent fact of the vocation to brotherhood in this part of our Congregatin.
The importance of the Circular Letter: “The Missionary Brothers, A Challenge for the Life and Mission of our Congregation” written by Very Rev.Fr. Aquilino Bocos Merino, CMF, former Superior General is to be stressed here for the renewed awareness of our members regarding this fact.
Programme for Missionary Brothers (GPF, Appendix 3,iv)
- As a point of departure, the missionary brothers should, whenever possible, complete the ordinary/advanced level of studies which is essential in Sri Lanka for further studies and specialization.
- His pastoral and technical training should be aimed at obtaining, in appropriate institutions and centres the preparation and titles needed in line with our mission, in keeping with the qualities of the formandus and needs of our mission.
- The following may be considered among the pastoral specializations: catechesis, liturgy, youth ministry, psychology, pedagogy, teaching in religion, missiology, humanities and others. Among the technical specializations the following may be considered: secretarial studies and skills, administration, social welfare, mechanics, infirmary and apprenticeship in other manual offices useful for mission.
- The theological formation of the missionary brother can be enhanced depending on the qualities of the formandus either studying the complete course of theology to receive the corresponding degrees or studying theology to get a diploma at the centres where vernacular languages are made use of. The novitiate programme will provide also theological formation with various themes as well as specially Claretian formation (Cfr.GPF, App.3,iii,1; iii,2)
- Other elements to be included are the following:
- Musical and artistic formation
- Study of languages
- Economic concepts: budgets, balances
- Manual skills and practical offices: using computers, book binding and domestic services
- Other circumstancial themes that should be determined.
4.2.11 GENERAL GUIDELINES
- Praying for, encouraging and animating vocations to our Congregation is the responsibility of every member.
- A Formation Council is to be set up for planning, implementation and evaluation of the formation programme meeting together 3 times a year.
- A personal file of each student is to be created from minor seminary up to the stage prior to priestly ordination. The file is to be kept in the archives of the regional government after the priestly ordination of the student.
- Students can be sent at different stages of the initial formation to other formation centres of the Congregation.
- All Claretian personnel in the formation houses take consciousness of their formative role in the lives of the formandi.
- Formation Personnel need to update themselves periodically.
- An attitude of dialogue and fraternal atmosphere may prevail among the members of the Formation Team.
-Dependent Delegation of Sri Lanka