Bangalore, India. For the second successive year, the Institute of Consecrated Life – Sanyasa (ICLS), Bengaluru, organized Formative Accompaniment: Theory and Practicum (FATP-2023), a unique upskilling program for experienced formators as well as those taking baby-steps in the ministry of formation. Twenty formators from India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal participated in the FATP-2023, which consisted of a two-month-long online sessions beginning in June 2023, followed by an 18-day intensive residential workshop from September 7 to 24.
The FATP residential segment consisted of two halves: the first half began with a world café exercise aimed at sharing of experiences in the ministry of formation, which was followed by a grounding in formative philosophy and dynamics, basic counselling skills, self-awareness, and rules of discernment. The second half sought an in-depth skilling in the theory and practice of six formative interventions modelled after the methodology of John Heron and supplemented with spiritual intervention skills. (This has been an adapted methodology pioneered by Frs. Paul Smyth and Mathew Vattamattam, CMFF for the Claretian formators’ course.) The learnings were further reinforced by analysis of case studies and movies displaying the said interventions. Finally, the participants enacted the various interventions, which were analysed threadbare, topping the skilling experience.
Source: Fr. Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF, Sanyasa (ICLS), Bangalore