Certificate in Pastoral Formation Commissioning Mass


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Certificate in Pastoral Formation 2012 graduates.

Institute For Mission (IFM) - the Parramatta Diocesan Centre for Catholic Adult Faith Formation - celebrated the commissioning of 36 students from the year-long Certificate in Pastoral Formation course, as well as Beginning Theology, a Certificate III course in Christian Ministry and Theology, on Friday 14 December 2012 (Feast of St John of the Cross).

Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Vicar General, Very Rev Christopher de Souza, presided at the Mass of Commissioning at St Patrick’s Blacktown Parish. Priests from the Diocese were in attendance, alongside friends and family who celebrated the achievement of the graduating students.

In his homily, Fr Chris congratulated the students on their interest in growing their faith by engaging with sound knowledge and for taking the time to reflect on the presence of God in their lives; this would equip them to be more confident and skilled as they serve in their parish ministries.

The liturgy also provided an opportunity to honour the mentors and assessors who have contributed their time and skills to the courses undertaken. Following the liturgy, students received their certificates from Fr Chris, alongside IFM Acting Director Cecilia Zammit.

The night was a testimony to the gifts, talents and diversity of the men and women of the Catholic Parramatta Diocese, committed to transformative learning for mission and ministry in their parish communities and beyond.

The Parramatta Certificate in Pastoral Formation is a 40-week course conducted by IFM, covering Christian spirituality, Sacred Scripture, Theology and Ministry. The Certificate also involves spiritual companioning groups which introduce students to the skills of theological reflection, and personal spiritual direction as a part of the commitment to formation.

There are 36 men and women from across the Diocese undertaking the Certificate in 2013.

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