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Vision and Virtues

“The students should learn to live according to the Gospel ideal, to be strengthened in faith, hope and charity, so that, in the exercise of these practices, they may acquire the spirit of prayer, learn to defend and strengthen their vocation, obtain an increase of other virtues and grow in the zeal to gain all men for Christ.” (OT 8b).

…they need to be lead to the needed human maturity

“Therefore, by a wisely planned training there is also to be developed in the students a due human maturity. This will be made especially evident in stability of mind, in an ability to make weighty decisions, and in a sound evaluation of men and events. The students should be accustomed to work properly at their own development. They are to be formed in strength of character, and, in general, they are to learn to esteem those virtues which are held in high regard by men and which recommend a minister of Christ. Such virtues are sincerity of mind, a constant concern for justice, fidelity to one’s promises, refinement in manners, modesty in speech coupled with charity.” (OT 11).

“Of special importance is the capacity to relate to others. This is truly fundamental for a person who is called to be responsible for a community and to be a “man of communion.” This demands that the priest not be arrogant, or quarrelsome, but affable, hospitable, sincere in his words and heart, prudent and discreet, generous and ready to serve, capable of opening himself to clear and brotherly relationships and of encouraging the same in others, and quick to understand, forgive and console (cf. 1 Tm. 3:1-5; Ti. 1:7-9). People today are often trapped in situations of standardization and loneliness, especially in large urban centers, and they become ever more appreciative of the value of communion. Today this is one of the most eloquent signs and one of the most effective ways of transmitting the Gospel message.

In this context affective maturity, which is the result of an education in true and responsible love, is a significant and decisive factor in the formation of candidates for the priesthood.” (PDV 43).

Mission Statement

TO GROW AS A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY THAT CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS THE FORMATION OF PERSONS OF INTEGRITY AND FAITH WHO OFFER THEMSELVES TO SERVE IN THE CONTEMPORARY CHURCH AS PRESBYTERS. 

 

…persons of integrity…

  • strength of character (OT 11) – a sense of identity
  • Open to change
  • a spirit of initiative and a search for truth
  • a system of profound values

 

Goals:

  • self-awareness: able to reflect;
  • able to enter into dialogue with others (OT 19b): to listen with loving acceptance;
  • to have a heart open to the various needs of persons;
  • to be able to build relationships;
  • honesty, responsibility, accountability;
  • an ability to criticize constructively.

 

…and faith…

  • to discover that they are loved by God
  • becoming disciples of Christ
  • becoming similar to Jesus Crucified (OT 9) configured with Christ
  • having interior freedom

 

Goals:

  • prayer: interior life;
  • judging and weighing in the light of faith;
  • to learn from their Christian brethren how to live faith, hope and love;
  • to think, feel and act as Jesus did;
  • to be able to appreciate faithfully the faith that they have received and to learn to transmit it to others in an understandable language.

 

…who offer themselves to serve in the contemporary Church…

  • to participate in the life of all the Church with an open heart (OT 9) and with enthusiasm – sentire cum Ecclesia – for the service of the whole human person
  • appreciating genuinely the different calls and charisms  in the Church
  • a truly Catholic spirit that transcends the limits of the diocese (OT 20)

 

Goals:

  • to recognize the ecclesial reality of Malta;
  • to read the signs of the times;
  • to appreciate other charisms and the layity;
  • spirituality of communion;
  • unity in diversity;
  • in the Church for those who are away from her: to look beyond.

 

…as presbyters…

  • having the heart of Christ, the Good Shepherd
  • in communion with the Archbishop and the presbyterium
  • to have the people at heart

 

Goals:

  • able to work with presbyters, religious and layity;
  • to make their own the vision, the priorities and the pastoral styles of the local and the universal Church;
  • builders of communion;
  • able to listen and empathize with the people’s needs;
  • give religious teaching and proclaiming the Word;
  • to enhance and help the apostolic work of lay people;
  • to communicate with those who have not discovered the beauty of the Gospel.

The formation itenerary can be viewed in the following PDF document: A_Plan_of_Formation (right click, Save As)