Hera, Timor Leste. Implementing the Action Plan of the Delegation of Indonesia-Timor Leste in improving the ongoing formation of formators as well as in giving a better accompaniment for the young missionaries in the initial formation in the different formation houses of the Delegation, the group of formators gathered together at the Aspirant Formation House in Hera, Timor Leste from April 4 to 11, 2018 for a Study Week.
This so-called Study Week is an annual program organized by the Prefect of Formation of the Delegation to widen the horizon of seeing the reality as well as the demands of the time in formation in this rapid changing world. Present in this mini study were Fr. Emanuel Lelo Talok, CMF, member of the Council; Fr. Nikolaus Ilan, CMF, Prefect of Formation of the Delegation and the formators of the different formation houses.
Reflecting on the main theme of the study, “Accompaniment in Formation,” the formators tried to deepen as well as broaden the horizon using different angels and approaches. On the first day, Fr. Emanuel presented the anthropological character of the Timorense. It helped the participants to understand the anthropological dimension of one’s self. On the following day, Fr. Nikolaus gave a panoramic overview of the formation in the Delegation, its opportunities and challenges. On the third day, Fr. Agustinus Supur, CMF, discussed on Discipleship’s Yearning – Spirituality of Accompaniment in the Gospel of John, followed by a presentation of Fr. Y. Ferdy Melo, CMF on Accompaniment in Consecrated Life in the light of the latest document, “New wine in new wineskins” on the next day. Before discussing the general issues in formation, Fr. Robertus Wontong, CMF gave a session on Methods on Accompaniment.
It was really a fruitful time for all the participants not only to exchange ideas and concerns, but first and foremost to embrace whole-heartedly the mission entrusted to each formator in accompanying the formands in each formation houses. In the light of Easter Joy, they went back to their respective mission fields, like the two disciples returning from Emmaus to Jerusalem after their encounter with the Lord in the breaking of the Bread and enthusiastically proclaim that the Lord is risen.