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The future of the Church depends, in part, on forming future priests and ministers who are ready to accompany, lead, and love the People of God. Formation advising is one important part of that work. A Guide to Formation Advising for Seminarians/Seminary Faculty offers a practical guide to formation advising as a ministry of accompaniment, participation, and evaluation. Deacon Edward McCormack offers a comprehensive introduction to the ministry of formation advising for seminarians studying for priestly ministry. These volumes are for men and women who are new to the ministry of formation advising. The recent Vatican guidelines for seminary formation call for professional accompaniment of seminarians throughout their formation. This book explains in concrete detail how to do this through the entire formation process.
Beginning with an overview of the formation process, A Guide to Formation Advising for Seminarians/Seminary Faculty explains the role of the formation advisor and the skills required for that ministry. It describes the various ways the formation advisor accompanies a person through the formation process. McCormack also provides concrete suggestions for how to promote in seminarians’ active participation in the process. Formators will also find explanation of the evaluation process with a style sheet and examples of written evaluations. The handbook contains an annotated bibliography on all the major topics a formation advisor comes across.
Deacon Edward J. McCormack is coordinator of Human and Spiritual Formation at Theological College, Washington, DC. Ronald D. Witherup, SS is superior general of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice.
"Deacon McCormack provides a comprehensive overview of the formation process and provides valuable insights into each of the dimensions, stages, and processes critical to fruitful priestly formation. Well written and easy to comprehend."~Reverend Louis V. Iasiello, The Pontifical College Josephinum
"Deacon Ed McCormack’s books on formation advising will be an invaluable resource for all those who have committed themselves to accompanying priesthood candidates as they discern their vocations. These books provide clear guidelines and clarify expectations for both the advisor and the seminarian highlighting the fact that this important relationship is an "ecclesial relationship" guided and animated by the Holy Spirit. Given the challenges facing the Church and society at this moment in history, these books will assist every seminary to accompany those under their care so that every priesthood candidate will evidence the qualities and characteristics needed to be a parish priest, to be a caring, competent and contemplative leader."~Father Gerald McBrearity, PSS,, Rector, Theological College
"For over 20 years Deacon Edward McCormack has collaborated with the Sulpicians in the task of seminary formation. Deacon McCormack brings to this work a unique optic as a permanent deacon, husband and father. I am happy to endorse this two-volume work in which he shares his insights and best-practices as a seminary formator. This work will undoubtedly become a fruitful resource for all involved in seminary formation."~John C. Kemper, PSS, Provincial Superior, 2015-2020