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Rome: Meeting of Franciscan Formators and Professors

On April 10, 2017, Rome’s Pontifical University Antonianum held its annual meeting between the professors in charge of the Master’s Degree in Formation and the Secretaries General and heads of formation of the Franciscan Families. 

This meeting was attended by Friar Louis PANTHIRUVELIL, the Secretary General for Formation (SGF), and Friar Zbigniew WÓJCIK, a member of the SGF and a coordinator of student friars attending courses for formators in Rome.
A fraternal discussion took place to talk about how the Master’s Degree program went last year and to elicit feedback from the course participants and from the formation heads from the various men’s and women’s congregations of the Franciscan Families. The majority of participants had a very positive opinion about the course content and its methodology which emphasizes theoretical training in matters concerning Franciscan formation (spirituality, anthropology, education and humanities). They also valued the program’s various workshops and internships that help prospective formators acquire knowledge and practical skills for conducting formation talks, working in groups and preparing comprehensive formation plans at all their various stages.
The meeting was also an opportunity to reflect on different ways of improving how the educative–formative elements of the Master’s Degree are provided. Among the most important items discussed was putting more attention on the human male and female aspects of affectivity and on practical knowledge concerning vocational discernment in different cultural contexts. The meeting also dealt with some of the current challenges formators face in their work and the steps they can take to better meet those new challenges. 

Finally, the heads of formation of the three Franciscan families talked about formation initiatives that are being developed in different places around the world. 

Friar Zbigniew WÓJCIK, OFM Conv.

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