Programme for Preparation of Formators 2024

Programme for Preparation of Formators 2024


“Formation is a lifelong journey of following Jesus, the fundamental norm which determines the identity of consecrated life,” says Johannes Metz.

The Programme for Preparation of Formators began on 15 January 2024. There are 48 formators belonging to 39 Congregations, both local and international. The participants are from 29 countries spread over six Continents: 16 from the African continent, 14 from Asia, 8 from Europe, 7 from Oceania, 3 from the Americas.

The UISG Programme for the Preparation of Formators, offered on English language, aims to help the participants explore various aspects of religious life and enhance their knowledge and skills in accompaniment of their formers. Moreover, it aims to help them in their personal integration leading them to transformation.

The methodology used in this Programme includes presentations by UISG Staff and others, personal reading and reflection, journaling, mentoring, psychological assessments, large/small group sharing, relevant group activities, intercultural community living, cultural day celebrations, integration days, a personally directed retreat, pilgrimages, etc.


The opening ceremony on the first day was marked by a meaningful prayer ritual. The participants were asked to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the words they hear and the words they speak as they begin this sacred journey of transformation. 

During the prayer ritual, the Bible was taken in procession and enthroned in a sacred space. Participants were asked to light a candle daily in order to highlight the importance of the Word of God in this transformative journey and as a symbol of God’s presence with them throughout these six months. As the Word of God was placed and enthroned all sang: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

The participants were then invited to spend a few moments reflecting on the names they have been called in their life. God calls each one by name. Everyone’s name is sacred. The name is the icon of the person. It demands respect as a sign of the dignity of the one who bears it. The name one receives is a name for eternity.

The participants then shared the symbols they brought with them which showed their commitment to the Programme. Each one introduced herself using the phrase, “My name is … and the symbol of my commitment to this Programme is…because…”   

The first two days were spent in introduction, orientation and small group formation. The participants were divided into six groups known as Integration groups for sharing and taking various responsibilities for communal living for the coming six months.
Sr. Patricia Murray, ibvm, the Executive Secretary of UISG engaged them on 17 January reflecting on the topic, “Religious Life in Today’s Context.”

The inaugural Eucharistic celebration with the entire UISG staff was held on 19 January. The multiculturality of the group came alive as participants from Africa doing a beautiful entrance dance, the Indians performing an arathi (waving of fire, incense and flowers as a symbol of highest worship given to God) after the doxology.


Photo gallery from the opening ceremony

As the Programme continues, the participants ask the Spirit of God to enlighten their minds and hearts in this process of transformation. 


Sr. Shalini Mulackal, pbvm



I would have loved to attend. How was it organized. It seems to have been a rich program

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