Formation for Mission and Ministry is a seminar and resource for Diocesan offices and parish staff prepared by Formation for Ministry of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. The one morning seminar is intended to occur during the business day for offices of the diocese and/or parish in various parts of the state.

For your convenience and should you be ascertaining certification in areas of theology and/or spirituality, please see below for a summary of one-day seminars offered by the Office of Spirituality and Formation for Ministry.  This classes help attendants to receive Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Certification for catechists, as well as those who seek certification for spiritual direction.  Should you need anything further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Year 7: 2021-2022

Diocesan and Parish Staff Annual Seminar Year VII:  Formation for Mission and Ministry

When the Office of Spirituality and Formation for Ministry began over six years ago, we delved into the formation pillars that originated with the writings of St. John Paul II—human formation, intellectual formation, spiritual formation, and pastoral formation.

The first three years, we concentrated on intellectual formation.  Specifically, we discussed Revelation and Catholic identity.  Second, we explored the sacraments and Models of the Church.  The third year, we examined the social teachings of the church and how we make moral decisions.  The fourth year, we transitioned into human formation as we learned about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and each participant took the full MBTI and either learned or re-learned their personality traits.  The fourth year, we concentrated on spiritual formation and had a retreat entitled Formed to Live Joyfully Our Time, Talent and Treasure.  Materials for this retreat are still online should a parish decide to offer to their parishioners.  We also collaborated with the Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement.  We wanted to extend an invitation to all stewardship representatives from parishes, and several parishes sent people.  And, finally, last year our concentration was on human formation as we reviewed the important of one’s IQ, EQ, and LQ; respectively, Intelligence Quotient, Emotional Quotient and Love Quotient. As we did so, we explored how Jesus exemplified intelligence, emotional, and love quotients and the meaning of those terms.

Year Seven of Formation deals with Intellectual Formation of the four pillars of formation as we explore the topic of  “Prophets Yesterday and Today”. We will give an overview of the three major parts of the Old Testament, concentrating on Biblical Prophets.  We will also mention a few minor and major prophets and how they challenged the people to live moral lives.

A big part of this year’s seminar reviews and analyzes the need for modern-day prophets as we discuss Catholic Social Teaching and analyze a major issue affecting our society today:  the racial climate and disparities in our world, specifically with regard to the United States.  Our office and the Office of Ethnic Ministries of the Diocese of Charleston have collaborated to address key aspects of Catholic teaching regarding this topic.  We will discuss modern Church teachings and whether how one lives life is consistent with the teachings of the major prophet:  Jesus, the Christ.

The document Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism was developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Click here to purchase a copy from USCCB

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Click here for a study guide in English

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Year 6: 2020-2021

Diocesan and Parish Staff Annual Seminar Year VI:  Formation for Mission and Ministry

In this sixth year, we concentrated on human formation, as we reviewed the importance of one’s IQ, EQ and LQ;  respectively,  Intelligence Quotient, Emotional Quotient and Love Quotient. As we did so, we also explored how Jesus exemplified intelligence, emotional, and love quotients.  What do we mean by these terms?

IQ – Intelligence Quotient: a number used to express the apparent relative intelligence of a person: such as a score determined by one’s    performance on a standardized intelligence test relative to the average performance of others of the same age (Merriam Webster). The average IQ on many tests is 100 and 68% of scores lie between 85 and 115.

EQ – Emotional Quotient: Psychologist, Daniel Goleman, defined EQ as “the ability to employ self-control, zeal, persistence, and the skill to “motivate” others in one’s personal and work life” (Emotional Intelligence Why It Can Matter More than IQ).  Salovey and Mayer, first came up with the EQ theory by stating that emotional intelligence is “the part of social intelligence that involves the ability to discriminate and use information to guide one’s thinking and actions.

LQ – Love Quotient: A person’s ability to be kind and loving to himself and to others. Love Quotient is the newest of the intelligence paradigms following IQ and EQ. LQ, as defined by Chris Wise, a leading authority on LQ, is a person’s ability to be kind and loving to him/ herself and to others.  It’s about how deeply we love ourselves.  Having done the work on ourselves and having raised our love quotients, others may become more aware of the importance of LQ. (  Love Quotient: living a life embodied with love and consistently being aware of how we are caring for others at home and in the work place (Jack Ma former CEO of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd).

Many leaders in business believe that high emotional intelligence is key in today’s workplace (ministry). According to the Mayo Clinic the person you report to at work is more important to your health than your family doctor.

Year 5: 2019-2020

Year Five of Formation for Mission and Ministry

For Year Five the Office of Spirituality and Formation for Ministry collaborated with the Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement to offer a retreat which dealt with the Spiritual Formation pillar of our four-pillar formation program. The first three years, we worked on Intellectual Formation studying the teachings of the church so that we could better understand the Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Tradition which are the two major sources of Divine Revelation in Catholic theology. Last year, we focused on Human Formation by taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator so that we could understand ourselves better and those with whom we minister. Spiritual Formation deals with our response to God’s call to grow in holiness. Each of us has been called by God to a vocational life choice, a vocation to serve through our ministry and a call to grow in intimacy with the Lord. It is our desire that you grow in holiness by attending this retreat and learn about your charisms, discernment and how best to respond to God and to the community of which you belong and serve. By learning the gifts of the Spirit that you have been uniquely given, you are challenged to share those gifts with others.

We are instruments of God’s grace, peace and love in the world. As St. Theresa of Calcutta said, “we must be the eyes, the hands, the feet of Jesus in this world.” We must be God’s agents of peace and justice and be willing to share the fruits of the Holy Spirit with others. Your gifts or charisms will lead you to your vocational life choice and your ministry. Each of us has been called to a unique life’s call and ministry.

Year 4: 2018-2019

This year (2018-2019), Pastoral Formation is concentrating on Human Formation which aims at developing the mature, healthy human qualities that mark a truly faithful person. Virtues such as temperance and prudence, character formation, wellness and interpersonal abilities are all part of developing in the area of one’s human formation.

All staff will be taking the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator during the session, thanks to the very generous grant of the Bikulege Family Foundation. May each of us continually yearn to individually grow and cooperate with God’s mission of spreading the Good News as Missionary Disciples of the Lord. Peace and All Good. Sister Kathy

Year 3: 2017-2018

  • Session 1 deals with the best secret in Roman Catholicism…Catholic Social Teaching. What has and does the church teach about those in need?
  • Session 2 addresses morality. Do people still have a conscience?

Year 2: 2016-2017

  • Session One deals with the issue of the Church. Can the Church be defined? What are different ways to understand the church? What does the seminal work of the late Cardinal Avery Dulles teach about the church? What model of the church does my parish represent primarily?
  • Session Two of addresses the key notion of the Catholic Church being both a church of Word and Sacrament. We reflect on the meaning of the Word and how the sacraments of our faith differentiate us from those of differing faith traditions.

Year 1: 2015-2016

  • Session 1 addresses the topic of Divine Revelation. Who is this God who has called me by name into a special relationship? What is faith? How can biblical faith be a help in discerning how I ought to respond to God? What are the sources of Divine Revelation for Catholics and individuals of other faith traditions? How is God being revealed continually in the cosmos and to humanity? What does Pope Benedict XVI, “His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope-Emeritus” say about Jesus of Nazareth?
  • Session 2 includes a discussion on “Catholic Identity.” Do I consider my job as “ministry”? We explore the meaning of the following Summary Statement…

    Our work is rooted in what Jesus Christ said and did. His words and actions announced the Good News (Gospel) of God’s unconditional love and the Reign of God. It is carried on by the Church through time -- through its structures and roles. Therefore, what we do must be in relationship to those structures and roles. It is articulated in our organization’s mission and values. It continues in the ministry that we do each day as service. Each of us witnesses to what the organization and, in as much as I share in that underlying mission and values, stands for and represents.

    How can I view my job for the church as a ministry? What are key elements to ministry? What do we mean by a “Spirituality of Ministry”?