CHRIST FORMATION – Fr. James Kannanthanam, CMF

Dec 18, 2021 | Bangalore, Congregation

Book on Initial Formation by Fr. James Kannanthanam, CMF

Bengaluru: Fr. James Kannanthanam CMF, has published a book on Initial Formation. The book titled “Christ Formation” was officially released in Bengaluru on 17th December 2021 by Rev. Fr. Richard Britto, the Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary Bengaluru. The book is seventh in the series of books on Consecrated Life brought out by Institute of Consecrated Life (Sanyasa).

Fr. James has been engaged in formation ministry for many years. He was the Provincial Superior of the Province of Bangalore from 2010 to 2016. He also served as the Novice Master and Prefect of Formation in the province. At present, besides assisting in the formation of Novices he also takes classes on Formation, Psychology and Protection of Minors at various institutes.

Formation is an effort to form every candidate into another Christ. The book Christ Formation” is written as a Handbook for beginners in vocational journey to Priesthood/ Consecrated Life. It emphasizes the formation of values – Human values, Christian values, values of Consecrated Life and the Priesthood.

The book outlines the basic values required from the candidates during the stages of early formation. For every value the author provides a short description, practical suggestions to grow in, inspirational quotes, Biblical references, and an anecdote to make the value explicit and existential. It is also to help those adolescents and young men and women, who show signs of priestly or religious vocation to discern the call they receive and respond to it appropriately. The book also contains the basic prayers the candidates need to learn, some practical guidelines for meditation and prayer, etiquettes and good manners that they need to develop.

This modified version of The Forge published by the Claretian Province of Bangalore for young men and women interested in the priesthood and religious life will benefit all in formation universally.


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