First module of Jesuit formators' training held

JCAP President Father Mark Raper opened the seminar by stressing the imperative of enhancing formation competencies in the context of the continuing challenges of evangelization.

Philippines
Aug 27 2013, 6:02 PM
First module of Jesuit formators' training held
Participants of the JCAP Formators Seminar

Twenty-two formators from nine provinces and regions – Indonesia, Korea, China, Australia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Malaysia-Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines – participated in the first Jesuit Formators seminar conducted by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) from August 5 to 16 in the Philippines.

The participants are current and future formation directors and staff of novitiates, scholasticates and seminaries in the Conference. This is the first of three modules that will be conducted in three consecutive years.

The idea for training for formators came about during the term of the late JCAP Delegate for Formation Father Matthias Chae, who led the assessment of training needs among formators across the Conference.

Fathers Michael Smith and Karel San Juan then assumed leadership in designing a programme for the formation of Jesuit formators in coordination with institutions in JCAP that are involved in formation – Emmaus Centre for Psycho-Spiritual Formation, Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation, Our Lady of Peace Guidance Centre, Centre for Family Ministries, and the East Asian Pastoral Institute.

JCAP President Father Mark Raper opened the seminar by stressing the imperative of enhancing formation competencies in the context of the continuing challenges of evangelization.

Father Smith presented how the Society of Jesus has defined the role of the Jesuit formator, while emphasizing the emergent need for greater apostolic creativity.

Father Roger Champoux spoke of how the Society defines vocation, and how it practices formation, tackling points such as ethics, account of conscience, and boundaries in ministerial relationships.

This First Module, entitled ‘Psychology and Formation’, was composed of sessions on topics such as Jesuit Vocation and Formation, Anthropology of Christian Vocation, Psychological Maturity and Development, Psycho-Spiritual Integration, Formative Processing, the Person of the Formator, and Psychological Dynamics for example family, trauma, addictions, and problematic sexual behaviour.

The First Module also focused on foundational perspectives on the human dimension of formation.

Participants received practical skills training on how to conduct psycho-spiritual integration, family dynamics, and formative processing. After the seminar, they expressed the need for continuing training, personal supervision, and professional support for specific situations of formands they are accompanying. They suggested concrete structures such as regular support and consultation meetings of formators at the Province, Region, and Conference levels.

Father Norris Seenivasan will lead the next two modules of the Jesuit Formators training scheduled for 2014 and 2015, entitled ‘Spirituality and Formation’ and ‘Community, Leadership and Formation’ respectively.

Source: JAPC website

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