The Southern Cross : September 2011
Page 6 September 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross An inquiry year for those interested in exploring lay ministry or the permanent diaconate will be conducted by the Catholic Theological College in conjunction with Flinders University in 2012. The inquiry year is part of the Ministry Formation Program and consists of two units of theology plus intensive seminars exploring the nature and practice of ministry with focus on family and community development, social justice, service and pastoral care. Adelaide Archdiocese Chancellor Cathy Whewell said the inquiry year built on the rich tradition of education of the faithful for ministry in the diocese. She said after successful completion of the year, inquirers may consider whether they wish to apply for further study for the permanent diaconate or lay ministry in parishes, schools or chaplaincy. One of the graduates of the four-year ministry formation course, Orla Wright, said her studies had helped her greatly in her work as a pastoral associate at Glenelg parish. "You get to the stage where you need continual formation as well as more experience and training because you are dealing with deep and intimate details of people's lives and it doesn't always come naturally," she said. "I needed to deepen my own spirituality and know myself so that I could be aware of where other people might be coming from." She said there was an academic side to the course through the degree but it was also focussed on formation and leadership. "The course gives you different avenues to explore what the church has to offer people under many different scenarios. It's about knowing where to look for help, and having resources to help in your ministry," she explained. The program is calling for applications from nominees by September 12. For further information, email Sue Vieceli email@example.com or phone 8416 8479. What is formation? In the Church the word "formation" is often connected with preparation for ministry. Formation involves a process of growth that integrates a sense of who we are and what we do. Formation is about both identity and role in the life of the Church. It is closely linked to the understanding that service needs ministers who have knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that are grounded in a deep faith. All ministry stems from our Baptismal call to participate in the ministry of Christ. The document "Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord" published by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (2005) points out that "The Holy Spirit is the principal agent of formation: the Spirit of Jesus, sent by the Father, given in Baptism, poured out anew in Confirmation, bestowing personal gifts and charisms on each of the faithful, to be developed and used in the service of others". Within our community of faith some men and women are called to exercise authorised ministry. Formation involves ensuring that they are encouraged and assisted to recognise and respond to the gifts of the Spirit that have been given to them for the transformation of the world. In the Archdiocesan Ministry Formation Program baptised Catholics are formed for publicly authorised ministry in this local church. Formation processes in the Ministry Formation Program aim to integrate four areas of growth: theological, spiritual, human and pastoral. As the "Co-Workers" document highlights "Effective formation methods address the whole person: emotions, imagination, will, heart, and mind. It is the whole person who ministers, so the whole person is the proper subject of formation". Theological formation immerses ministers in the intellectual tradition of the Church. Spiritual formation focuses on recognition of how God is mysteriously and profoundly present to us in our lives. Human formation develops the capacity for such qualities as compassion, empathy, forgiveness, listening and self knowledge. Pastoral engagements deepen a sense of purpose and strengthen the desire to enhance skills and capabilities to be of service. Formation is at the service of the Church for its mission in the world. Julie Trinidad Catholic Theological College FAITH MATTERS | pastoral Ministry intake PASTORAL: Orla Wright (third from left) has a cuppa and a chat with Rosemarie and Peter Collyer, Maria Bruno Bossio and Pauline and Chris Barrett. Funeral Directors Frank J Siebert Life changing. When you engage in Funeral ritual, you acknowledge life passed, give meaning to life lived, encounter your sense of loss, and your journey of grieving. When someone we love dies, we touch the mystery of life changing, not ending. Signature Service ... since 1867 Dedicated to Faith-centred Funerals Phone (08) 8223 5879 24 hours 7 days 49 Wakefield Street, Adelaide 5000. 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