Formation

Human Formation

Human Formation is an integral part of priestly formation because a priest is a man of virtue and character. Every seminarian has to model himself in the humanity of Christ who is both priest and missionary. He built the Kingdom of God not only on spiritual level but uses human resources to make it tangible and sensible. John Paul II says that priestly formation includes the formation of human qualities fit for the exercise of his ministry. “Future priests should therefore cultivate a series of human qualities, not only out of proper and due growth and realization of self, but also with a view to the ministry. These qualities are needed for them to be balanced people, strong and free, capable of bearing the weight of pastoral responsibilities.” (PDV 43)

Spiritual Formation

A missionary priest is a man of relationships. He builds vertical and horizontal relationships which enhances his priestly ministry. He is life is centered in personal and transformative communion with Christ and with the people he is called to serve. Every seminarian develops a relationship founded by love and respect in order to instill the values of the Kingdom in his life. John Paul II underscores the importance of union with Christ as an important foundation of priestly ministry, thus, “human formation, when it is carried out in the context of an anthropology which is open to the full truth regarding the human person, leads to and finds its completion in spiritual formation.” (PDV 45)

Intellectual Formation

Seminary formation aims at searching for the Truth and the search for a deep understanding of the mysteries of God. The missionary is a lover of the mission of Christ. He understands and searches for deeper understanding of the Christian faith and have the capacity to share these truths through pastoral skills and theological reflection. John Paul II highlights the significance of Philosophy and Theology in priestly formation. He says that “Intellectual formation has its own characteristics, but it is also deeply connected with, and indeed can be seen as a necessary expression of, both human and spiritual formation: It is a fundamental demand of the human intelligence by which one “participates in the light of God’s mind” and seeks to acquire a wisdom which in turn opens to and is directed toward knowing and adhering to God.” (PDV 51)

Pastoral Formation

The Pastoral formation of the every missionary is the apex of all priestly formation. This formation aims in forming seminarians a deep commitment toward service and pastoral leadership through witnessing and good Christian example. He has to model himself with Christ as the Good Shepherd since he himself will be a future pastor. The pastoral and formative life of the every missionary serve as the unifying element and it gives specificity to priestly life and mission. John Paul II says “pastoral action is destined by its very nature to enliven the Church, which is essentially “mystery,” “communion” and “mission,” pastoral formation should be aware of and should live these ecclesial aspects in the exercise of the ministry.” (PDV 59)