A Map of ongoing formative Journey

Authentic Formation process:
Journey into higher levels of consciousness

grow in christAmong the many training programs to prepare helping professionals, the training of clergy and religious in the Catholic church is perhaps the longest in duration. A young man who joins the seminary takes about ten years or more to finish his initial formation. The longer duration in training is often justified by pointing to the differences of the objective of training. Professional training in other professions train skills and offer information required to give the respective service to the society while priestly ministry and religious life requires the very transformation of the person whose very life mediates his service in the world much more than the skills he learns. Does such a transformation take place in the seminarians by the type of training offered in the seminaries?

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Learn about your Learning Curve

When students are offered opportunities In the formation house to learn a new skill such as playing musical instrument, learn a new language or a meditation method, many of them enlist their names for the training course.  If forlearning curve2mators do not accompany and challenge them to stand up to the test of perseverance, a good number of them back out within a short time.

This is because there is a period of frustration and lack of progress in any learning process. A learning curve will explain that movement. Observe the following diagram watch the movement of the learning line.

Notice the immediate rise at the beginning phase and then it drops to show the decline in learning pace and confidence level and then again it leaps up indicating the consolidation and mastery of the skill. This phenomenon is explained by the following two theories of habit formation.

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Peer influence and impact of sub-groups in formation communities

peersFormators often get puzzled when they come to know that they are the last ones to know many things happening among the students. I have listened to Claretians sharing their group adventures and pranks on formators during their initial formation after they have passed through the seminary. Some of these “mischiefs” were not helpful for achieving the goals of their formative journey and it had negative consequences on some companions. Groups of formees act as a collective body with its own corresponding group dynamics. Peer influence in seminaries with a significant number of members need to be given due attention so that it can be tapped in favour of their vocational growth and commitment.

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Charismatic Formation - Celebration of Love


crossWe are familiar with hundreds or monks and nuns of other religious traditions with whom we share many common values of consecrated life. Both Buddhism and Hinduism is replete with a large number of men and women who have “left everything” in their search for God experience and service to fellow humans. I could not come across reliable statistics of the monks in Budhism and Hinduism. A more organized Hindu missionary society, Ramakrishna mission, reported 1106 monks and 426 nuns in 2005[1]. The Eastern religions possibly equal the church in the wealth of consecrated persons in their fold. The following is the statistics of religious in the Church[2]:

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