Programs of Formation
There are many times in life when a person can be searching for direction, for their call or vocation. Often young adults are trying to find their path; sometimes older adults are changing careers, retiring, or beginning a new phase in life, and want to engage in reflection and discernment. In addition to the formation offered to students preparing for a particular pastoral leadership role, the centre offers a variety of services to help persons discern their path or who seek support in their ministry. Individual programs may be developed according to need.
1. Full Program/Six-Year Profile
- Four years of undergraduate studies, including 18 credits of Philosophy, the civil and ecclesiastical Bachelor of Theology degrees;
- One year of Pastoral Internship;
- One year of graduate studies, Master of Pastoral Theology (M.P.Th.).
Students who have completed the first cycle of formation enter into a year of supervised pastoral service in their diocese or supporting community. This is organized by the Centre in cooperation with the formation leaders of the specific area of service. Various activities during the year connect those in internship with each other and the formation community.
3. Personalized Programs Profiles
Students who wish to acquire a shorter formation may avail themselves of different profiles of studies according to readiness, time and resources, and their assessed needs, combined with a personalized plan for human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral development.
4. Part-time and Distance Education
Part-time students may participate in a program of formation tailored to their specific needs and availability. Formation is also available for those living at a distance from the University campus.
5. Project of Intercultural Formation
For persons recently arrived in Canada and who wish to minister in the Church, a specific profile of formation oriented on understanding the cultural environment is available.
6. Sabbatical Profile
Adjusted profiles of formation are available for pastoral persons seeking to renew or deepen their lived experience of ministry.
7. Intergral Formation
The Centre provides all of its services within the context of the formation community, which seeks to develop the skills and attitudes for collaborative ministry. The community experience is oriented towards building relations of mutuality and co-responsibility.
7.1 Assessment Services
Assessment of readiness for pastoral formation; evaluation for pastoral practice.
7.2 Human Development
- Development of relational skills, such as listening, dialogue, empathy, engaging in conflict, and feedback
- Opportunities in imaginative and creative awakenings
- Opportunities for psychological counselling, therapeutic and growth services
7.3 Faith and Spiritual Formation for anyone intrested
- Individual spiritual direction
- Group spiritual direction
- Faith-sharing groups
- Pastoral skills for liturgical celebration
- Creative experiences in prayer and ritual
- Directed retreats
- Discernment and integration seminars
- Skills of theological reflection
7.4 Pastoral Formation
- Pastoral placements with ongoing supervision
- Practicums during each year of undergraduate studies and for those in the Master's programs
- Seminars on pastoral issues and concerns
- Development of facilitation and leadership skills