Formators’ Course

DIPLOMA IN RELIGIOUS FORMATION AND SPIRITUALITY

This programme is specially designed for Religious and priests in the ministry of formation and for those preparing to be formators at all levels (Rectors, Novice Masters/Directresses, Spiritual Directors and Vocation Promoters). It is also ideal for those who have leadership roles in religious communities/parishes, for those who desire to have a deeper understanding of spirituality and religious life and for all who desire personal renewal and spiritual growth.

The programme will focus on the four pillars of Formation suggested by the Church – the Spiritual, Intellectual, Pastoral and Human Formation – with a view to wholeness and integration.

The participants of this programme are capacitated to:

  • Be in touch with their own personal dynamics and recognize and accept their God given potentials/gifts.
  • Understand the demands of formation in the African and pluralistic societies of today.
  • Understand the need of a prophetic formation that the Church and the Society need today.
  • Acquire skills of Interpersonal Relationships, Counselling and Spiritual Direction.
  • Attain a certain degree of self-confidence in accompanying others in their journey of life and their psycho-spiritual integration.
  • Attain a deeper understanding of Spirituality and Religious Life as academic disciplines and lived experience.



DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

The duration of the Programme is from September to May every year (Nine months). The participants will reside throughout the period of the programme at the Lumen Christi Institute.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

A. ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Completion of Secondary School or its equivalent
  • For those who do not possess a completion Certificate an assessment will be made at the time of admission

B. PERSONAL COMPETENCE

  • A minimum of 2 years work experience after Ordination or Final Profession.
  • A fair level of emotional maturity.
  • Capacity to work well individually and in groups.
  • Capacity to internalize and integrate experiences.
  • Speaking and Working Knowledge of English.
  • As a rule candidates should be in the age group of 30 – 50.

C. APPLICATION FORM

Can be downloaded from our website

–> Application for Formators‘ Course 2018 – 2019
Can be received from the Director per mail or post.

The last date of submitting duly filled form is the 30th of June.

D. FEE STRUCTURE

Subsidized Fee per person: US$ 2,700 or its equivalent in Tanzanian Shilling (Includes boarding, lodging, course fees, study materials etc.) Fees are payable in two instalments in September and January.



SYLLABUS OF THE COURSE

Formation in African Context

Rites of Initiation in Africa
Anthropology of Christian Vocation &
Pedagogy for Integral Formation in Africa
Values and Formation Styles in Africa
Challenges of Religious Institutes
Stages of Formation and Formation Programmes.

Bible and Theology

Bibliolog
Revelation in Old and New Testament
Introducing Theology
Liturgy and Inculturation
Canon Law for the Religious
Biblical Spirituality
Discipleship in the Gospels

Religious Life and Spirituality

Conciliar and Post Conciliar Church
Documents
Contemplative Spirituality
Spiritual Theology
History of Monastic Traditions and Religious
Congregations
Vision, Mission, Charism, Vows
Psycho-Spiritual Approaches to Formation
Spiritual Direction
Spiritual and Transformational Leadership
Assessment of Vocations
Values and Virtues
Awareness Retreat, Growth Retreat

Psychology and Counselling

Self-Awareness
Theories of Personality
Human Development
Depth Psychology
Psychopathology – Mental Health Problems
Enneagram
Transactional Analysis
Turning Points in Life
Assessment of Personality
Family and Formation (Family Roots)
Psychosexual Integration
Basic Counselling Skills and Techniques
One to one Counselling
Group Therapy Experience
Counselling: Practical Sessions
Accompaniment Process of Formees