A Guide to Formation Advising for Seminarians

by Edward J. McCormack
Catholic University of America Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-0-8132-3312-3, Paper: 978-0-8132-3311-6

The future of the Church depends, in part, on forming future priests and ministers who are ready to accompany, lead, and love the People of God. Formation advising is one important part of that work. A Guide to Formation Advising for Seminarians/Seminary Faculty offers a practical guide to formation advising as a ministry of accompaniment, participation, and evaluation. Deacon Edward McCormack offers a comprehensive introduction to the ministry of formation advising for seminarians studying for priestly ministry. These volumes are for men and women who are new to the ministry of formation advising. The recent Vatican guidelines for seminary formation call for professional accompaniment of seminarians throughout their formation. This book explains in concrete detail how to do this through the entire formation process.

Beginning with an overview of the formation process, A Guide to Formation Advising for Seminarians/Seminary Faculty explains the role of the formation advisor and the skills required for that ministry. It describes the various ways the formation advisor accompanies a person through the formation process. McCormack also provides concrete suggestions for how to promote in seminarians’ active participation in the process. Formators will also find explanation of the evaluation process with a style sheet and examples of written evaluations. The handbook contains an annotated bibliography on all the major topics a formation advisor comes across.
Foreword-Ronald D. Witherup, PSS
1. Understanding the Formation Process
The Stages of Priestly Formation
Four Dimensions of Formation
Four Characteristics of Formation
Christ: The Formator
Two Forms of Accompaniment
What is Formation Advising?
Formation Advising Meetings
Preparing for Formation Advising Meetings
Sharing Your Vocation Story and the Call to Chaste Celibacy
Topics for Discussion
3. Formation as a Process of Growing in Self-Knowledge
Where Formation Happens: The Heart and the Imagination
Already Formed and Deformed
The Deep World Within
Implications for Formation
4. The Power of Participation and Reflection
Fostering a Growth Mindset
The Practice of Regular Reflection
Formation Goal-Setting Process
Growing in Emotional Intelligence
Implemented Intentions and Good Habits
Reflection on Pastoral Practice
Guidelines for the Annual Seminarian Self-Evaluation
Self-Evaluation Format
Selected Bibliography

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