Evangelization and Seminary Formation
From the New Ratio Fundamentalis:
“As disciples at the school of the Master, they should learn to live and act with the pastoral charity that flows from being ‘servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God’ (1Cor 4:1)” (#42). “The Christian community is brought together by the Spirit in order to be sent out on mission. Thus the missionary impulse and its concrete manifestation belong to the entire People of God, which must always be ‘going forth’, since ‘the Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy” (#91).
“The intellectual formation of candidates for the priesthood finds its specific justification in the very nature of the ordained ministry, and the challenge of the ‘new evangelization’ to which our Lord is calling the Church” (#153 quoting Pastores Dabo Vobis, #51).
“The aesthetic sense should also be cultivated in human formation, by offering opportunities for an appreciation of various modes of artistic expression, cultivating in him the ‘sense of beauty’ (#94).
“Before it is preached, the Word must be welcomed in the depth of the heart, ‘above all in the context of the ‘new evangelization’ to which the Church is called today’. The new evangelization is the continuous point of reference for the life of discipleship and spiritual configuration to Christ the Good Shepherd. Seminarians need to be introduced gradually to the knowledge of the Word of God, through the method known as Lectio Divina” (#103).
“[Formation] should be such as to help the seminarian to acquire the inner freedom to live the apostolate as service, able to see the work of God in the hearts and lives of the people. Seen in this way, when he is an ordained minister, pastoral activity will take on the form of an ongoing school of evangelization” (#119).
- Msgr. Todd Lajiness, S.T.D., Rector, Sacred Heart Seminary, MI
- Dr. Jem Sullivan, Ph.D., Professor in Catechetics at Catholic University of America
- Fr. Michael Nixon, Pastor of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Panama City, FL
- The Kerygma – Foundation of all Formation
- Beholding the face of Christ: pastoral charity and service
- Evangelization through beauty