General Plan of Formation (GPF 2020)

GPF can quite fittingly be considered as the Magna Carta on Formation that the Congregation, as mother and teacher, offers to its members, and above all to its new missionaries. It gathers up the core essentials of our missionary life and high lights its dimensions: charismatic, Christocentric, ecclesial, cordimarian, and human.



Documents of Vatican II

AA      Apostolicam Actuositatem, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (18 Nov. 1965)

AG      Ad Gentes, Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity (7 Dec. 1965)

GS       Gaudium et Spes, Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (7 Dec. 1965)

LG       Lumen Gentium, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (21 Nov. 1964)

OT       Optatam Totius, Decree on Priestly Formation (28 Oct. 1965)

PC       Perfectae Caritatis, Decree on the Adequate Renewal of Religious Life (28 Oct 1965)

PO       Presbyterorum Ordinis, Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests (7 Dec. 1965)

SC       Sacrosanctum Concilium, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (4 Dec. 1963)

Papal Documents

Paul VI

EN       Evangelii Nuntiandi, Apostolic Exhortation on Evangelization in the Modern World (8 Dec. 1975)

ET       Evangelica Testificatio, Apostolic Exhortation on the Renewal of Religious Life (29 June 1975)

John Paul II

ChL           Christifideles Laici, Apostolic Exhortation on the Laity (1989)

EERL        Essential Elements of the Church’s Teaching on the Religious Life (1983)

EiAf          Ecclesia in Africa, Postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation (1995)

EiAm         Ecclesia in America, Postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation (1999)

EiAs          Ecclesia in Asia, Postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation (1999)

PDV          Pastores Dabo Vobis, Apostolic Exhortation (1992)

RD            Redemptionis Donum, Apostolic Exhortation (1984)

RM            Redemptoris Missio, Encyclical (1991)

VC            Vita Consecrata, Postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation (1996)

Documents of the Holy See

AAS          Acta Apostolicae Sedis

CE             Catholic Education (1977)

CIC           Codex Iuris Canonici, Code of Canon Law (1983)

DPC          Development of Pastoral Care of Vocations in Particular Churches: Past Experiences and Future Projects (1981), 2nd International Congress of Bishops and others responsible for ecclesiastical vocations

DVM         Development of Vocation Ministry in Particular Churches (1992)

FLC           Fraternal Life in Community, Document (1994)

GCD         General Catechetical Directory (1998)

NVNE       New Vocations for a New Europe (1997)

PI              Potissimum Institutioni, Instruction (1990)

RC             Renovationis Causam, Instruction (1969)

RI              Religiosorum Institutio, Instruction (1961)

Documents of Conferences of Bishops

CVTE        Civilización del amor. Tarea y esperanza [Civilization of Love: Task and Hope], CELAM (1995)

DM            Documents, Medellín (1968)

DP             Documents, Puebla (1979)

DSD          Documents, Santo Domingo (1992)

PVCE        La Pastoral Vocacional en el Continente de la Esperanza {Vocation Ministry in the Continent of Hope], (1994)

Writings of Our Founder

Aut            Autobiography

CI              El Colegial Instruido [The Well-Instructed Seminarian], (1960, 1861)

EA             Escritos Autobiográficos, (1981)

EC             Epistolario Claretiano, (1970, 1987)

EE             Escritos Espirituales, (1985)

LMT          Letter to the Missionary Theophilus (1858)

RE (A)       Reglamento para los Estudiantes (Texto A), (1862)

RE (B)       Reglamento para los Estudiantes (Texto B), (1862)

SAW         Selected Autobiographical Writings (Translation of EA parts 2, 3 and 4), (1995)

SSW          Selected Spiritual Writings (Translation of EE), (1991)

Documents of the Congregation

1BB           Decree on Brothers (1967

1EC           Decree on Christian Education (1967)

1F              Decree on Formation (1967)

1G             Decree on Government (1967)

1RL           Decree on Religious Life (1967)

2BB           Decree on Brothers (1973)

2F              Decree on Formation (1973)

2G             Decree on Government (1973)

2RL           Decree on Religious Life (1973)

AG.CMF   Claretian General Archives

AP             Decree on Apostolate (1967)

CC             CMF Constitutions (1986)

CCTT        Constituciones y Textos CMF (1972)

ColCC       Colección de Circulares (1941)

CPR          The Claretian in the Process of Congregational Renewal (1985)

CVD         Claretian Vocational Directory (1999)

DC            Declaration on Charism (1967)

Dir             CMF Directory (2000)

GPF           General Plan of Formation (1994)

IPM           In Prophetic Mission (1997)

MCT          The Mission of the Claretian Today (1979)

MI             Decree on Missions to Non-Christians (1967)

OL             Open Letter to the Congregation (1973)

OSG          Ordo Studiorum Generalis (1929, 1959)

RDV         Resumen alfabético de las disposiciones vigentes (1897)

SH             Declaration on our Spiritual Heritage (1967)

SW            Servants of the Word (1985)

Circular Letters of General Superiors

CF             G. Alonso, Claretians in Formation (1990)

CMC         A. Leghisa, The Heart of Mary and the Congregation in the Present Moment  (1978)

DEVO       P. Schweiger, De vocationibus cooptandis, seligendis, colendis et de dono propriae vocationis aestimando (1955)

FNE          N. García, Formación de nuestros Estudiantes (1932)

FRMC       N. García, La Formación Religiosa, Misionera y Claretiana (1947)

Her            G. Alonso, Los Hermanos y la Misión Claretiana hoy (1981)

HP             A. Bocos, Heritage and Prophecy (1998)

MB            A. Bocos, The Missionary Brothers (1997)

MT            A. Bocos, The Missionary Testament of our Martyrs (1992)

RDR          M. Alsina, Remedios del descontento en la Religion (1906)

SFV           J. Xifré, Ser fieles a la vocación (1891)

VM            N. García, La Vocación Misionera, Annales, 34 (1938).

VOR         C. Serrat, Vocación religiosa (1902

Other Abbreviations

DTVC       Diccionario Teológico de la Vida Consagrada (1992)

EsC           J. Xifré, El Espíritu de la Congregación (1880)

OPML       Our Project of Missionary Life: Commentaries on the Constitutions (1989, 1991, and 1997).


1.  Complete bibliographical references for most of the documents cited in this table of references are either found in Appendix I or are readily accessible in the case of well known documents of the Church and of the Congregation.            

2.  For easier identification of each of the present documents, they appear in alphabetical order on p. 275.