Work Group 6

Group 5,  Priest Formation Improvement

Improvements in Formation of Priests and Priestly Life.

  • It is important to assure early and continuing psychological monitoring of candidates for the priesthood and in the early years of their priesthood. The quality, sophistication and reliability of psychological evaluations now are far better than they were when most of the abusive priests were trained and ordained.  Are we taking advantage of these modern tools for screening men for suitability for ministry as well as their continued service in ministry, and offering them psychological support when necessary?
  • Does the public life of priests and those in formation reflect a commitment to simplicity, social justice and service to the less fortunate?
  • All priests, in whatever role in which they serve, should be “servant leaders” recognizing the essential responsibilities to develop followers, not based on title, position or trappings of power, but because of their authentic commitment as shepherds of and co-partners with the laity in all dimensions of their lives.


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Proposed Areas of Inquiry

Transparency around the nature and scale of abuse in the Diocese and Spiritual Reparation for the Victims;

Transparency about All Diocesan Operations;

Accountability for bishops;

Lay involvement in selecting and monitoring bishops;

Greater involvement by women/laity in the Church; and

Improvements in formation of priests and priestly life

When: Saturday, January 5th, 10am – 12 noon
Where:  TBD
Tentative Topic: Prioritizing Recommendations and Developing Action Plan

When: Saturday, January 26th, 10-12noon
Where:  TBD
Tentative Topic: Finalizing Recommendations and Action Plan