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What kind of ministry for tomorrow?

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May 13, 2016

dominguesREFLECTION - Fernando Domingues, MCCJ. The extra large number of people attending this Seminar on Intercultural Formation clearly shows the interest this subject arouses. In our day, vocations are scarce in certain regions whereas they abound in others. This phenomenon is rather perplexing. It is even more difficult to understand why a high percentage of candidates, on reaching the final stage of their formation, leave the Seminary or religious life, while others terminate their “life commitment” after several years of ministry. This is even more surprising since the final years of formation and the first years of ministry have always been considered to be a period of great generosity and enthusiasm. There are yet more reasons to worry us. In the International Centres where all cultures are much appreciated, the formation there appears to equip the candidates to exercise their ministry poorly. This is certainly not due to the length of the courses which are longer than any other academic or professional training. Curiously, what they find hard is precisely the cultural context! The young people who agree will find some." John 21:6 to exercise their ministry in an economically disadvantaged area do so with the unspoken hope that these years of hardship will help them to obtain a more gratifying post later. Informal conversations have shown that the aim of young religious, from the developing countries, is to receive a good level of education which will qualify them to settle in more well-off areas in the West.

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Source: Sedos Bulletin, April-May 2016

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