The Church, in her wisdom…

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Our seminary community was reminded quite a number of times of the Church’s wisdom during the Affective Maturity & Healthy Celibate Chastity in Seminary Formation and Priestly Life & Ministry seminar led by Rev. Dr Gerard Fieldhouse-Byrne, from St Luke’s Centre in Manchester. The seminar was held at the Seminary, between 9 and 11 February. Fr Fieldhouse-Byrne emphasised upon the reality that the priest is, first of all, a...

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Forming Priests in a Post-Trump Era – Part 2

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(You can read Part 1 of this article here) Beyond the establishment and anti-establishment Analysis of recent political trends reveals that there is a dissatisfaction with the “establishment” that is entrenched in its self-serving policies and not listening to the aspirations of the people. In this context, to portray oneself as “anti-establisment” can also become trendy. Yet, does this condone and justify a divisive, demeaning language that...

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Forming priests for the post-Trump era – Part 1

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According to the Washington Post, Clinton and Trump raised slightly more than 2 billion dollars for their campaign for Presidency. The Seminary in Malta – crowdfunded from parishes – gets an average of €120,000 for the entire year. So it might sound stupid to explore how to prepare young people as priests for the post-Trump era. The impression one gets is that it is more catering for a niche market for the few people who still have Sunday mass...

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In good company

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I have been a part of the seminary community for six years now, and sometimes I just wonder what’s the point of such a life when in my role as a diocesan priest I would probably be living on my own.  Do I get anything out of this? Sometimes we work hard to try to create an environment where people are able to live together, where they are able to hold good relationships, but really, is it worth anything? Can’t we just all live our own...

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Formation Seminars

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Seminarians participated in two different formation seminars during the last weekend. These seminars are held once a year with the aim of strengthening an aspect or two related to human formation. Ms Georgina Debattista, a psychotherapist, joined the first and second year seminarians to help them reflect on group dynamics. The seminarians were asked to question their understanding of different groups and group stages and to observe different...

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