SVD BROTHER FORMATION PROGRAM
IN THE CHINESE PROVINCE (SIN)
Presentation: The current program of formation for SVD Brothers
was originally prepared in 1991 and it is part of the larger program of
formation for all SVD candidates in the Chinese Province (Mainland, Hong
Kong and Taiwan). Since then the formation program for Brothers has not
been updated. As soon as it is done, and an e-copy of it sent to the
Generalate, the present program will be substituted by the new one.
Rome, 07 April 2005.
Br. Alfonso Berger, svd.
"The brothers are to obtain the training that
corresponds to their abilities and inclinations as well as to the
missionary tasks of the Society. The program of studies should
deliberately emphasize the missionary dimension and provide a basic
education in the humanities and social sciences. Insofar as the necessary
preliminary stages have been completed, the possibility is there for
further professional training or academic study" (Const 515.1)
The brother formation program is for those confreres who
join our Society for a life of service and witness as religious brothers.
It covers the time between the novitiate and perpetual vows. The person
responsible for this stage of formation is the prefect of brothers in
PREFECT OF BROTHERS IN TEMPORARY VOWS
The prefect of brothers in temporary vows should be a
confrere in final vows, preferably a brother, who is mature, firm in his
vocation and integrated in Chinese culture. It is highly recommended that
he receive a formal training for this task. "...He sets up and
implements a suitable formation program; in this he is responsible to the
provincial superior and his council" (Con. 522. 3). He cooperates with
the Formation Committee.
The goal of this program is to foster the spiritual,
personal and professional growth of the SVD Brother. During this time, the
confrere grows in his identity as a Brother and learns to deal with the
practical challenges of religious life and work.
renewal of vows the brother has to submit an application letter, be
evaluated by the confreres of his community and be recommended by his
prefect. His application has to be accepted by the local and provincial
SUMMARY OF THE BROTHER’S FORMATION
Indicators for Evaluation
To grow as a Christian: to deepen and broaden one’s faith; to learn
how to speak about one’s faith; to learn how to develop and foster
one’s own spirituality.
Basis theological and missiological education (c 515.2) of at least
two years, daily mass and community prayers, time allotted for daily
spiritual and scripture reading, meditation, personal prayer and
Basic theological knowledge and the ability to share one’s faith and
to lead prayer services, perseverance in personal and community
To grow as a religious and learn how to deal with the tensions between
religious and professional life (e.g. responsibility, time, money,
employees…). To pursue the goal of a life commitment.
Spiritual direction; guidance in his profession; strong community
support; apostolic exposure programs.
Maturity, responsibility, and reliability; commitment and fidelity to
religious life; readiness to accept tasks given by the Society.
To grow as a missionary to deepen one’s interest in missionary work;
to foster teamwork; to develop and deepen one’s missionary vision.
Possibility of OTP or language studies (e.g. conversational English);
missionary outreach to non-Christians.
Openness to people; sense of evangelization vision of the Society;
readiness to go where the Society sends him.
To identify and develop one’s talents and interests; to choose a
profession in line with the needs of the Society; to grow in
Career guidance; a program of professional training and studies.