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A Three-Day Workshop for Candidates for Diaconate and Priestly Ordinations
2019, Jan 14

Priestly Life and Ministry (PLM) workshop is a programme that draws its inspiration from the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis, a document that speaks to the question of the formation of priests in our contemporary context. Observing the interconnectedness of the four areas of priestly formation, namely human formation (the basis of all priestly formation), spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formations, John Paul II exhorts agents of priestly formation and the candidates for priestly ministry especially to offer “heartfelt cooperation to this work of formation” (no. 69).

This is the inaugural edition of this workshop for candidates for diaconate and priestly ordinations. More specifically, it is a workshop specially organized for members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life who are closely approaching elevation to the Order of Deacons and Priests. PLM workshop takes to heart the promotion of pastoral training for the salvation of souls. Accordingly, participants in this workshop will be “diligently instructed in those matters which are particularly linked to the sacred ministry,” (Optatam Totius, no. 19) as a way of building their capacity for active ministry in the church.

In this light, PLM workshop seeks to draw resource persons from different fields relevant to priestly formation in our time to help our future priests appreciate the contemporary challenges of priestly ministry and to help them become true shepherds of the flock of Christ in whatever apostolate they are assigned to undertake after priestly ordination.

Bearing in mind that pastoral formation develops by means of mature reflection and practical application (cf. Pastores Dabo Vobis, no. 57), the inaugural edition of this programme would touch on practical issues in such areas as preaching, marriage counseling, spiritual direction, pastoral administration and project management. Thus, the theme for this inaugural edition is “Effective Pastoral Ministry.”



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