Spiritual, intellectual, pastoral and human dimensions of ongoing formation for priests
The Office for the Continuing Formation of Priests promotes, as Pope John Paul II so aptly says, the important task of rekindling within each priest the divine gift of Holy Orders.
The ongoing formation of priests, whether diocesan or religious, is the natural and absolutely necessary continuation of building priestly personality which began and developed in the Seminary or the Religious House with the training program which aimed at ordination. (Pastores Dabo Vobis, # 71)
It is particularly urgent today, not only because of rapid changes in the social and cultural conditions of individuals and peoples among whom priestly ministry is exercised, but also because of that “new evangelization” which constitutes the essential and pressing task of the Church at the end of the Second Millennium. (Pastores Dabo Vobis, # 70)
This Office provides programs that addresses the spiritual, intellectual, pastoral and human dimensions of ongoing formation for priests in an effort to support the priests working in the diocese to deepen their priestly identity and better exercise in their priestly ministry of pastoral charity to the People of God.