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Commission on Formation and Spirituality

APAC Spirituality Conference at Talisay City, Cebu in October 2007.

This report was prepared in January 2012 for the Commission on Formation and Spirituality by Fr Andrew Batayola OSA, Sr Marie Garcia OSA, and Sr Cecilia C. Ibana OSA and abbreviated for the APAC website.
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The eleventh triennial APAC Convention of February 2012 proposed: That the Commission on Formation & Spirituality shall come up with joint programs for those in initial formation, retreat for APAC formators and  spirituality conference for religious coordinators and administrators, and spirituality conference for lay affiliates and partners in the ministry.

This report of the Commission on Formation and Spirituality, presented to the eleventh APAC Convention in February 2012, has four parts.

Part One

There were two major activities conducted. Firstly, there was the Conference for Formators and Potential Formators held at Tahanan Sta Monica, Barangay Sungay West Tagaytay City, Philippines on 15th-19th November 2009 with the theme of “Augustine, the Formator.”    

In this conference, Fr L. Mooney OSA focused on Augustine’s own formation and the people who have significant contributions in his formation process. He also solicited sharings from the participants on their personal and communal experiences as formators.

The conference was enhanced by a day’s immersion at the Center for Ecozoic Learning and Living (CELL). A cosmic walk and talk on related topics  which were all very  informative and enlightening deepened the experiences of the participants  and  led them to the understanding of  a new paradigm, i.e., that God is the source and the end of nature, hence humankind must respect and value nature as God’s gift to humanity. 

Secondly, there was a Joint Formation Experience for formands, held during October 2010. Six congregations joined the program: Order of St. Augustine (Australia), Sto Niño de Cebu and Vicariate of the Orient, Augustinians of the Assumption, Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation, and the Missionary Servants of the Holy Trinity.

This  two-week program was held at Villa Consuelo Retreat House, Novaliches (not far from Manila) on 17th-31st October 2010 with a theme: “Let me know myself, let me know You, O God.” This theme was broken into three sub-topics: Searching as praying (Interiority), Searching as sharing life in community (Community Life) and Searching as stewardship and care for God’s creation (Service to the Church).

In this Joint Formation Experience, the formators themselves took turns in the discussion of the topics and facilitation of the different activities. Every input was followed by a group sharing and deepening and exposure to the areas concerned. A visit to the Augustinian Contemplative Nuns in Bulacan for a day’s contemplation experience, a cosmic walk at Center for Ecozoic Living and Learning in Tagaytay, and visits to Augustinian communities in Intramuros and Bahay Consuelo were just some of the exposure adventures of the group.

Part Two

Suggested activities 2012-2014.

APAC Formators’ Conference, Philippines 2009.

A meeting of the Commission on 11th January 2012, proposed three activities for the  next three years:

(1) on 8th-12th November 2012 a Common Retreat for APAC Formators, to be held at Villa Consolacion Retreat House, Baguio, with the theme: Understanding Augustine as a Missionary Formator.

(2) In May 2013 a three-day Spirituality Conference for Religious  Coordinators  and   Administrators. Theme: Restless Heart: A Passion for Mission.

(3) In May 2014 a three-day Spirituality Conference for Lay Affiliates and Partners in Ministry.
Theme: Restless Heart: A Passion for Mission

 

Part Three

Proposed Joint Formation Program in October 2012.

Theme:  Restless Heart: A Passion for Mission.
Date: 20th October 20 to 4th November 2012 at Tahanan Sta Monica, Tagaytay City.
Fee: P 15,000 or 350 dollars. Participants: novices and/or simple professed.

A schedule and a list of visiting guest speakers has been devised, and is available from the persons listed below and/or from the APAC Secretariat.

Part Four

Suggested Assessment of the four previous Joint Formation programs.

These four programs took place 23rd April – 23rd May 1998 with ten congregations and twenty-seven participants, on 3rd-4th August 2002, on 16th-28th April 2007with four congregations and twenty-nine participants, and on 17th-31st October 2010 with six congregations and twenty-nine participants. A proposed assessment outline has already been devised. The result of the assessment would assist the Commission in planning future Joint Formation programs.This report was prepared in January 2012 for the Commission on Formation and Spirituality by Fr Andrew Batayola OSA, Sr Marie Garcia OSA, and Sr Cecilia C. Ibana OSA and abbreviated for the APAC website.

APAC COMMISSION ON FORMATION AND SPIRITUALITY 2012 - 2014

Proposal 1 of the APAC Convention of 2012 stated: “That the Commission on Formation and Spirituality shall come up with joint programs for those in initial formation retreat for APAC formators and spirituality conference for religious coordinators and administrators, and spirituality conference for lay affiliates and partners in the ministry.”

The commission proposed four joint formation programs for 2012-2015, which the Executive Council endorsed: Joint Formation for Initial formation, Retreat for APAC Formators, Spirituality Conference for Religious Coordinators and Administrators, and a Spirituality Conference for Lay Affiliates.

#1 Joint Formation for Initial Formation 

A joint Formation for Initial Formation was held from October 20 to November 4, 2012 at Tahanan Sta Monica, Tagaytay City (Philippines) with the theme: Restless Heart: A Passion for Christ’s Mission. Participated in by 27 Novices, Juniors and Seminarians from seven APAC Congregations: Augustinians of the Assumption, Augustinian Sisters Servants of Jesus and Mary, Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation, Order of St. Augustine, Sto. Nino de Cebu, Order of St. Augustine, Australia, Vicariate of the Orient, and Sisters Servants of the Holy Trinity.

#2 Retreat for APAC Formators

The theme: Formation to Faith in a Multi-Cultural Context.  The retreat was held at Villa Consuelo Retreat House (Philippines) October 20 - 26, 2013 and participated in by 38 Formators, and Community Coordinators/Superiors from six APAC Congregations: Augustinians of the Assumption, Augustinian Contemplative Nuns, Augustinian Sisters Servants of Mary and Joseph, Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation, Order of St. Augustine, Sto. Nino de Cebu, Vicariate of the Orient.

This retreat for Formators was expanded both in scope of topics and composition of participants in order to provide opportunities for common orientation and direction among brothers and sisters who are involved in formation ministry both for religious and lay partners.  Competent and experienced speakers and formators were invited to share their expertise and experiences in the various topics that were suggested by the formators themselves. 

                  The program was a retreat in structure but with inputs that were relevant to the present needs of Formators in a Multicultural Context. Emphasis on the  Integrity of Creation like, Nature’s Walk and Visit to significant Augustinian landmarks were also included as part of the process of Interiorization aside from daily meaningful and lively Eucharist celebrated and concelebrated by the priest-participants themselves.  Small group sharing by area was organized for deeper interaction among the participants.

It is relevant also to include two further initiatives, although they were not organized by APAC:

#1  The Spirituality Conference for Religious Coordinators and Administrators was merged already with the activity of Formators considering that some Formators were also Coordinators/Superiors. The conference for Administrators was channelled through the Commission on Schools who have also formation and spirituality related activities.

#2  The Spirituality Conference for Lay Affiliates was organized by the ASOLC and OSA of Sto. Nino de Cebu (among the APAC congregations represented) There was an initial coordination and meetings with representatives from both Congregations in preparation for the joint assembly but it did not materialize. The commission is optimistic and looks forward for a possible collaboration of these two groups of lay affiliates under APAC. The AASOLC (Lay Associates of ASOLC) they come together every two years for their national convention. They had their convention last April 20–24, 2014 in Bagasbas, Daet, Camarines Norte (Philippines), with the theme: “We are AASOLC:  We are Missionaries.”  There were 47 participants.

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