Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Summer apostolate preparation





It was just recently that Fr. Christian Nalda inform me of the possibility of adopting 2 seminarians for their apostolate. There is no question about parishes adopting seminarians for apostolate this summer however there is a more advance information for.the priest they would like to stay. Some priest are wondering of the program because the program was usually on vicariate level and not on the parish level. Parishioners are wondering of their presence in the parish if their work is situated in other parishes. If ever that will be the case they are better to be housed in the parish of which they will undertake their apostolate.

This has some bearing because we have to analyze even the programs of our apostolate. Are we giving the formation of the apostolate to the ideals of which the problem of our parishes are encountering or are we inserting some global problems that might not be present in our situation? Are we not adoptive to the needs of the parishes of which they will be serving. Are we specializing in some aspects of which we have no need of in our situations? Are we sending our "armies" into a battlefield in full gear, overburden with so much load of equipments and knowledge when they will only need a bag of chocolates to do the job? One of the good things religious have is that they have specific charism to undertake that narrowed their quest for understanding and pursuit of knowledge based on their chosen congregations that defines their charism. On the other hand diocesan priests have a broad horizon that can be presented in a droplets that makes an ocean.That is also the reason why that we have to cover everything in small quantity and I believe that the parish based programs can be of great help because in itself situates one on the question at hand that will translate it even to the near future of that parish.

Every priest, we are told, in the diocese are formandi of the future priests in the diocese. Well, this one is just one of the many thoughts that comprises the droplets in the ocean.

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