Formation is primarily a learning process, which involves change, growth and the transformation of the candidate as whole. It involves all the dimensions of human learning, cultural, physical, intellectual, psychosocial, moral, spiritual and pastoral. The formation aims to produce insight, inspiration, enlightenment and to lead to significant personal growth. Religious formation is a life long process in which the candidate acquires the capacity to discern for himself and to advance towards wholeness in the spirit of God. Religious formation is a process that is needed to, transform the person who is drawn to the service of god and his people. Formation is a dynamic process to enable the candidate to progressively assimilate Religious values. Therefore formation is a lived experience. Hence, religious formation has a profound effect on the individual in his attitudes and actions and in every aspect of life. This would be realized only by total self giving of the self to God his people.
The human’s formation aims at training in human qualities such as “to love the truth, to be Loyal, to respect every person, to have a sense of Justice, to be true to their word, to be genuinely compassionate, to be men of integrity, and to be authentic in judgment and behaviour. The seminary provides the human formation to acquire full human maturity, which is understood as a manner of thinking, feeling, being and acting suitable to the age. Human formation brings a growth in the knowledge and acceptance of the self, and brings the ability to live together with different people. The seminary formation seeks to help the candidates to develop an authentic personality inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual formation leads to a life animated by the spirit in which a candidate is called to live out his baptismal consecration fully by loving God and his neighbour. This formation includes the tradition dimensions of spirituality, biblical, liturgical, ecclesial and devotional. This formation leads to a deep, personal and intimate relationship with Christ. Spiritual formation in the seminary includes various activities such as the word of God celebration (lectio divina), the Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of reconciliation, personal prayer, prayer in common and spiritual direction.
THE WORD OF GOD
The word of God is the first source of all Christian spirituality. It gives rise to a personal relationship with the living God and with his saving and sanctifying will. To acquire the habit of listening and understanding the word of God there must be a genuine interior silence. So the brothers according to the animation group gather on every Tuesday evening, animated by the Priest in charge. The word of God as light speaks, works, lives, gives life and changes the life. Thus, the word of God gives to the candidate’s entire existence the meaning.
Spiritual direction is the interpersonal relationship through which one person assists another to reflect on and to enrich their personal experience. Spiritual direction is an aid to spiritual development and for a religious candidate to clarify his vocation. In the seminary, spiritual directs assist the candidates to pay attention to and to share his personal experience of God, and to discern the Holy Spirit. The aim of the spiritual direction is both theological and psychological.
Prayer is an opening of ourselves to God who comes to us and transforms our total existence. Prayer is a rising of the heart and mind to God in constantly renewed act of Love. Sacrosomatum Concilium states hat each religious is to find time to pray to the father in secret.
This echo is the words of Jesus, “When you pray, go to your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret” (Mt 6:6). It is a heart to heart meeting with God.
The liturgy of the hours is the official prayer of the church. “The divine office, because it is the public prayer of the Church, is a source of piety and nourishment for personal prayer.” By this practice of divine office, the whole day is made holy, such prayer provides the brothers with an experience of singing, praising and thanking God
A religious candidate needs good intellectual preparation both for his own development as well as to deal with the problems of the Faithful. Intellectual formation gives the ability to make reasonable judgments. It is important that the candidate is able to judge without allowing sentiments or emotions. Both study of philosophy and theology makes the candidate become reasonable and faithful. Sound philosophical training is part of intellectual formation because it provides and accession to sharpen the rational faculty. The study of theology leaps to understand that true theology proceeds from the faith and aims at leading to the faith. The purpose of the intellectual formation is to enable the students to acquire an extensive and solid hearing in the sacred sciences.
“Like all other branches of formation, pastoral formation develops by means of mature reflection and practical application, and it is rooted in a spirit, which is the ---- of all and the force which stimulates it and makes it develop” said Pope John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis. Pastoral formation should be a part of the religious formation of each candidate. Such pastoral formation should not be limited to theoretical understanding. The brothers are provided with the opportunity of going for weekend ministries, school ministries on Thursdays, medical mission on Sundays. These ministries make the brothers to love and live the essential missionary dimensions of the church and different pastoral activities.