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).
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