The context of this experience for the seminarian includes five elements that influence his growth and formation:
• Cultural environment,
• Experience of ministry
• Academic progress,
• Personal relationships, and
• Stages of discipleship.
The cultural background plays its part in conditioning the spiritual life. In the orientation into the seminary and then in different courses in the academic program, we seek to help our students reflect on their life experiences. They gain some ability to recognize the values inherent in their culture and to find how they received faith through family and community.
When they detect something of the presence of Christ in their own history, they will be better able to see how the Gospel also challenges their culture. Our spiritual formation program aims at facilitating that journey of conversion that leads to deeper discipleship. The experience of some involvement in parish life and different forms of ministry is often prominent in the vocational awareness of students entering the Seminary. It is increased during the Seminary course, both during the terms and in the vacation periods. It is a focus of our spiritual formation program that the students are helped to recognize the "ingredients" of Seminary life. These include a variety of activities such as services within the community, accepting responsibilities, working with a team, attending lectures, preparing assignments, pondering and living the Word of God, celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation (individually or communally), participating in the daily Eucharist, and developing a steady prayer life - are all ways of building community and practicing 'diakonia' now, as well as preparation for future ministry.
We stress the importance of prayerful reflection on pastoral experience and academic learning. In forming diocesan priests of the future we recognize the responsibility of assisting students to develop a capacity to integrate their spirituality and ministry.
Through the program of college and class recollection weekends and also the annual retreats, and especially through the forums of individual accompaniment and regular spiritual direction, the seminarians are opened to grow in relationship with God and with others. It is precisely in the area of spiritual direction that many aspects of vocational suitability arise and the need for discernment becomes apparent. The delicacy and responsibility of discernment is no easy task and it is impossible without the guiding Spirit.
The center around which the Seminarian gathers and integrates the varied experiences of his life and hears the call to "radical discipleship and commitment" is in his experience of Christ. The shaping of the topics for recollection weekends and the types of retreats are tailored to the different phases of formation. As a student progresses through the Seminary, he will come to know with greater clarity:
• where he can experience Christ's presence (Decree on Priestly Formation Optatum Totius, 4, and Dogmatic Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, 7),
• and how he may be more deeply drawn into the Paschal Mystery and herald the Kingdom.
This involves an interaction of liturgy and life, of contemplation and action in which loving faith directs and enlivens action, and action reinforces faith.
We look to see signs of eagerness for ministry and at the same time a realistic appreciation of the need for deeper penetration into the Gospel and the Church's teaching in the students returning from their pastoral year. This ‘outward look’ development is a healthy sign in a senior student preparing for public, spiritual leadership in the Presbyterium.
When the formation process is working well, students become alert to the leaven of the Kingdom transforming their awareness. They will also be discovering the resistances that hinder their deeper conversion. It will always be both a `going- to' and a `being-sent' by Christ..."Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus" [Phil. 2:5]. The overall spiritual formation program seeks to assist the students to grow in the freedom required for responsible vocational choice and commitment.
The seminary formation program aims to prepare candidates for the diocesan priesthood and to make them effective ministers in their diocesan community as collaborators with their Bishop and his Presbyterium.
The task of the spiritual formators is to help future ministers become:
• eager to take up the challenges facing the Church and the Priesthood,
• equipped to be sent on a mission alive with possibilities, both dangerous and adventurous.
In this formation process, freedom and self-determination need to be accompanied by prudent accountability. The Moderator Groups and the Diocesan Formators are vital agents in this process. 

The first and the seventh or final year Diocesan students belong to their own Moderator Groups. The other students in the Diocesan College are divided into small groups (around 10) which form Moderator Groups with one of the staff members (who is a member of the Diocesan Formation Team). The students are from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and are at different stages of their seminary training.
The effectiveness of the Moderator Group as a formation unit depends on the personal relationships, which develop between the Moderator and students and among the students themselves. The Moderator gives direction, encouragement and advice to each student as the need and opportunity arise. He fosters and develops the resources within the group. The moderator group is a school for leadership and a daily opportunity for service.

A group flourishes when:
• each member cultivates a sense of responsibility for self and for others in the group;
• the atmosphere of the group fosters opportunities for faith sharing.

It requires the presence and active participation of each member at group prayer and other activities such as:
• small group Eucharist as arranged as well as the Liturgy of the hours
• group projects and work,
• and group meetings that review the life of the group and its participation in the larger Community.

The Moderator, as friend and guide, discusses regularly with each student facets of his personal growth, his interaction with others, his prayer-life, his academic development, his pastoral commitments, and his attention to spiritual direction.

The moderator seeks to assist each member of his group to develop his gifts and to help him internalize the various strands of seminary life. The overall aim is personal vocational response of the student.


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