The Final Document of the 42nd General Assembly speaks of our formation and straightforwardly places before us the importance of developing a clear understanding of who we are as members of the Congregation of the Mission and of being equipped with all the tools to fulfill our mission in the best possible way.
Having in mind the mandate given us by the last General Assembly and the 400th Anniversary of the Vincentian Charism, I would like, in this letter, to touch on three points:
- Initial Formation
- Formation of Formators
- Plans, Strategies, and Initiatives in Pastoral Work for New Vocations
To respond to this mandate, the General Council would like, in the coming six years, to understand better the overall situation in the areas of Initial Formation, Formation of Formators, and Pastoral Work for New Vocations on the level of the whole Congregation.
We would like to collect all the programs on the level of Initial Formation from all the different steps: Candidacy, Internal Seminary, Philosophy, Theology, and Year of Pastoral Placement that are already in place at the provincial, interprovincial, and international levels. In the same way, we would like to put together the different programs and initiatives that are in place on the provincial, interprovincial, and international levels in the area of Formation of Formators. The third point concerns the programs, initiatives, and plans taking place in the area of Pastoral Work for Vocations on the provincial, interprovincial, and international levels.
I would like to emphasize that all of us, who serve in the General Curia, will do everything possible to keep supporting each of you in these so crucial and central ministries of the Congregation of the Mission.
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