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IFRS ACCOMPANIMENT PROGRAM FOR FORMATORS

RATIONALE:

     1. The following challenges on religious formation from Vita Consecrata and Plenary Council of the Philippines II (PCP II) and other Church documents call for urgent and relevant response:

  • a. Because sensitive tasks are involved, the training of suitable directors of formation, who will fulfill their task in a spirit of communion with the whole Church, is very important. It will be helpful to establish appropriate    structures for the training of those responsible for formation, preferably in places where they can be in contact with the culture in which their pastoral service will later be carried out (Vita Consecrata, No. 66)
  • b. Special attention should be given to the spiritual, intellectual, psychological, disciplinary and pastoral aspects of formation… Relevant formation given in seminaries and formation houses today should take into account the depressing poverty of large portions of society, the emergence of a concerned and maturing laity, the coming together of numerous small ecclesial communities and the unmistakable basic hunger of all for the spirit (PCP II, No. 568).

      2. The members of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) expressed the need for training their Sisters, Priests and Brothers in accompanying people in formation or in other ministries; 
      3. The full implementation of the IFRS Vision-Mission needs the cooperation and training/ updating of the students’ Formators to ensure the support, continuity and integration of the students’ learning in their daily life and on-going formation as religious; 
      4. On the June 29, 2007, the Board of Trustees of the IFRS Foundation, Inc. approved a resolution that the Accompaniment Program for Formators be directly managed by IFRS as one of its service program.