ASPECTS OF FORMATION

Human Formation

Human formation is the basis of religious and priestly formation.

Priests of the IVE must:

1. Reflect the Incarnation of the Word, in whom shines the intimate union of human perfection and divine perfection

2. Serve as bridge and not as an obstacle between God and man. ( Heb. 5:1)

3. Be educated to love the truth, to be loyal, to respect every person, to have a sense of justice, to be true to their word, compassionate, with integrity and balanced in judgment and behavior.”

This Human Formation also includes the formation of will, which is done through the constant practice of the virtues and the control of the passions. We want to form men who are authentically free and self-possessed; who by that self-possession can give themselves totally. We consider the practice of sports, camping, community vacations, etc. to be of great importance in this formation of the will.

Intellectual Formation

Philosophy

To acquire a solid and clear knowledge of man, the world and of God

With the methods and teachings of the philosophy, the seminarian will be helped to go deeper and live more profoundly his faith, to the loving worship of truth which lead us that this truth is not created and measured by man, but rather given to us a gift from God. To study Philosophy is also to prepare the future priest for the Theological studies.We seek to deepen our studies of philosophy and theology that we may be of worthy missionaries in this time of New Evangelization.

Theology

To possess a complete and a united vision of the revealed truth of God in Jesus Christ and of the experience of the Church since we are called to be men of faith that should bring and strengthen our brethren in the faith!”

In our studies, we follow the magnificent synthesis that Saint Thomas Aquinas presents in his ‘Summa Theologica’, in which, starting from the idea of one God as the principal and the end, all of the great truth found its place: Trinity, Creation, Angels, Theological Anthropology, Moral, Christology, Sacraments, and Eschatology.

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual life must be understood “as a relationship and communion with God. (John Paul II)” “The spiritual training should be imparted in such a way that the students might learn to live in an intimate and unceasing union with the Father through His Son Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.”

There is triple path for this encounter:

Meditation on the Word of God. The Second Vatican Council teaches that the priests should immerse themselves in the Scriptures by constant sacred reading and diligent study. This is important so that they will not become empty preachers of the Word of God to others, not being a hearer of the Word in his own heart. The fruit of Lectio Divina is prayer. Through the Word of God, the priests are brought towards a greater intimacy with God for above all, a priest is a man of God.

Participation in the Sacred Mysteries. A seminarian is a future priest of God. Thus, it is necessary that he will be trained with authentic liturgical education, leading to the full, active and conscious participation to the Sacred Mysteries he is one day will be ministering to the faithful. Also, part of the spiritual life of the future priest is the daily Holy Hour and recitation of the Holy Rosary, Angelus, etc.

Fraternal Charity. “The priest is a man of charity and is called to educate others according to Christ’s example and the new commandment of brotherly love. (Jn 15:12.) But this demands that he allow himself to be constantly trained by the Spirit in the charity of Christ.” (Blessed John Paul II) This charity of the priest springs forth from prayer and from the contemplation of the mystery of divine mercy. This charity consists in self-giving, found in the program of formation in poverty, obedience and chastity.