Synodality through a Eucharistic Lens

Eucharist and Synodality are important and related practices of the Church. This article contends that the practice of Eucharist at the local level can either enhance or inhibit our growth as a synodal church with an appropriate synodal spirituality. To achieve this, the article reviews the nature of synodality, and then considers three key aspects of synodality (communion, participation and mission) in their eucharistic enactment

Synodality - Eucharist - Communion - Participation - Mission
Edward Foley

InFormation 2018 No. 3 : Discipleship as a Tool for Formation for Mission, by Patricia Schoelles, SSJ

InFormation Bulletins - InFormation 2018 No.3 Fall

"The concrete gospel imagery of disciples literally being called by and “following after” Jesus offers a symbol by which Christian individuals and communities can focus on and understand their fundamental definition of themselves. According to discipleship imagery, this basic identity is construed in terms of focusing on the person of Jesus and letting one’s own life be shaped and formed by his, by living in companionship with him, by sharing in his mission and serving the inauguration of the kingdom. Religious communities offer a unique setting to undertake these activities and thus adopt this worldview."

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Schoelles, Patricia, SSJ

InFormation 2018 No. 4 : Book Review, The Trusted Advisor, by Kathryn Clauss, IHM

InFormation Bulletins - InFormation 2018 No.4 Winter

"The information was clearly focused on trust building and relationship sustaining work in the world of business and consulting professions. As I listened, it quickly became clear that this text was timely and relevant for those in Church-based ministries across the board, and in particular, for those in vocation and formation ministries. Trustworthiness is essential to the manner in which we co-create and foster a culture of trust, offer counsel and process discernment with those we serve, and nurture relationships that facilitate openness, integrity, and growth."

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Clauss, Kathryn, IHM

InFormation 2021 No. 1 : Book Review, Religious Life for Our World : Creating Communities of Hope, by Patricia Crowley, OSB

InFormation Bulletins - InFormation 2021 No.1 Spring

"Maria Cimperman’s new book will be a gift to religious communities who are looking for hope-filled ways to stimulate discussions about the future of religious life both locally and globally. While definitely directed at men and women religious, some of material may very well be fodder for building community in lay circles as well as it recognizes that each baptized person is called to create community and spread love in our world"

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Crowley, Patricia, OSB


What do the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures tell us about the nature of a prophetic call by God and our response?  How do the narratives of the Bible challenge us in terms of both initial and ongoing formation?  This webinar will examine the call narratives of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Mary and seek to understand better how the stories of their call can deepen and enrich our own.

Brad A. Milunski, OFM Conv. is a friar of the Our Lady of the Angels Province of the Franciscan Friars Conventual. Having professed final vows in 1989 and ordained to the ministerial priesthood in 1993, Fr. Brad currently serves in province leadership and as director of post-novitiate formation in Silver Spring, MD.  He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

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The impact of living in a digital world which is “always on” 24/7 is felt in all walks of life: consecrated life no less than the others! The questions many of us are asking revolve around how to authentically respond to the call and charism of our Congregations’ ministries, which often require the use and knowledge of social media, welcome new members, many of whom do not remember a time without 24/7 availability to social media, and encourage appropriate use of social media for all members, while striving to faithfully and realistically live a communal life together that implies interconnectedness and intentional, healthy, adult relationships. In this webinar, Sister Sue Pontz, SS.C.M., shares her insights concerning some of the topics around which Congregations need to focus conversations in order to address these key issues regarding the appropriate use of social media today.

Susan Pontz, SS.C.M., of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius, is a member of her Congregation’s Leadership Team and its Co-Director for Vocations. Sue serves as the Director of Instructional Technology at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Recently trained as a spiritual director, she has an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and an MA in Theology.

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Fr. Dan Horan discusses his recent book on this encyclical by Pope Francis titled Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s Rejoice and Be Glad: A Faith Formation Guide.

Daniel Horan, OFM

He is a Franciscan Friar, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and the author of numerous articles and twelve books, including The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his LifeThought, and Writing (2014) and, most recently, Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s Rejoice and Be Glad (2019).

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Resource Manual Volume 3, Part 4, Priestly Formation : Chapter 03

Formation Resources - Resource Manuals - Volume III

Part IV: Priestly Formation for Men Religious

  • 3. Practice
    • 3.1. "Theological Reflection for Formation for Priesthood Within Religious Life" by Steve Bevans, SVD
    • 3.2. "Religious Charism : Exercise of and Formation for Priesthood Within Religious Life" by Steve Bevans, SVD and Gary Riebe-Estrella, SVD
    • 3.3. "SVD Reflection Using Previous Grid" by Steve Bevans, SVD and Gary Riebe-Estrella, SVD
    • 3.4. "Formation for Religious Priesthood at Vaious Levels of Formation" by John Koziel, OFM Conv. and Cliff Hasler, MS
    • 3.5. Missionaries of the Precious Blood
      • 3.5.1. Initial Formation Guidelines : Goals, Strategies and Outcomes
      • 3.5.2. Advanced Formation Guidelines : Goals, Strategies and Outcomes
      • 3.5.3. Community Life Internship Guidelines : Goals, Strategies and Outcomes
      • 3.5.4. Interprovincial Community Formation Guidelines : Goals, Strategies and Outcomes

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