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6th Summer Secular Franciscan Seminar

Event Details

Start Date:  July 10, 2014
End Date: July 13, 2014
Location: Saint Francis University
Email: drombouts@francis.edu

Presented by

  • Fr. Kevin Queally, TOR – President-in-Turn, Conference of National Spiritual Assistants; Regional Spiritual Assistant, Five Franciscan Martyrs;Facilitator, Region’s Spiritual Assistant Training Program
  • Sylvia Paoli, OFS – Facilitator of St. Francis Region’s Spiritual Assistant and Formators Training Program; Minister, St. Francis Region; local Spiritual Assistant
  • Anne Mulqueen, OFS – Spiritual Assistant to the National Formation Commission; Facilitator, St. Margaret of Cortona Region’s Spiritual Assistant Training Program; local Spiritual Assistant
  • Cyl Maljan-Herbelin, OFS – Executive Secretary, Conference of National Spiritual Assistants; Chair, NAFRA’s Spiritual Assistance Development Task Force; Member, National Executive Council; Student, St. Francis Region’s Spiritual Assistant and Formators Training Program
  • Fr. Matthias Wesnofske, OFM Cap – Member, Conference of National Spiritual Assistants; Provincial Spiritual Assistant for St. Mary Province; Regional Spiritual Assistant for Father Solaneus Casey Region and Tau Region; Facilitator of both regions’ Spiritual Assistant Training Programs
  • Faye Martin, OFS – Facilitator, Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis Region’s Spiritual Assistant Training Program; local Spiritual Assistant

Endorsed by

  • The National Executive Council of the Secular Franciscan Order – USA

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Maps & Directions

Highlights

At the March 2013 meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, Cecilia Maljan-Herbelin, OFS, was appointed to serve as Chair of the newly formed Spiritual Assistance Development Task Force (SADTF).This Task Force identified two key concerns:

  1. Educate the general membership about Spiritual Assistance – what it is, who is responsible for it, and the purpose and role of the Spiritual Assistant within each fraternity.
  2. Recognizing the need for some kind of standardization for training “suitable and wellqualified” secular spiritual assistants, identify the key elements of successful Spiritual Assistant training programs which can be used in all types of programs (correspondence, combination, class-only).

The 2014 Summer Seminar is our response to addressing these two concerns. Because these are two distinct issues, each with different audiences, there will be two separate “tracks” as well as some quality joint time:

Track A is for all seculars, including those currently enrolled in spiritual assistant training programs, as well as friar or sister spiritual assistants – anyone wanting to understand Spiritual Assistance and the role of the Spiritual Assistant in all levels of fraternity. Those in formation (inquirers and candidates) will also benefit from this track. Facilitators for this track will be Fr. Kevin Queally, TOR; Anne Mulqueen, OFS; and Cecilia Maljan-Herbelin, OFS.

Track B is restricted only to those directly involved in the design, planning, and implementation of a regional training program for spiritual assistants. This track will identify the “best practices” of various styles of training programs across the country and develop some general guidelines, in accordance with the “Formation Program for Spiritual Assistants” by our International Conference of General Spiritual and Pastoral Assistants to the OFS. Facilitators for this track will be SylviaPaoli, OFS; Fr. Matthias Wesnofske, OFM Cap.; and Faye Martin, OFS.

The seminar will begin with a general overview for everyone, along with the daily joining of both groups for general review and discussion, as well as a joint closing session.

Agenda

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014 agenda for Summer Secular Franciscan Seminar
Time Event Location
Afternoon Registration Christian Hall
5:00 PM Dinner Torvian
7:00 PM Evening Prayer DiSepio 213-14
7:15 PM Session 1: LEADERS – Cecilia Maljan-Herbelin, OFS and Fr. Kevin Queally, TOR.  Introductions of presenters; Overview of general goals for the weekend; History and background on the need for programs on spiritual assistance; Information on spiritual assistant training programs across the country and the increasing need for Secular Spiritual Assistants DiSepio 213-14
8:30 PM Social Christian Hall

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014 agenda for Summer Secular Franciscan Seminar
Time Event Location
8:00 AM Breakfast Torvian
9:15 AM Morning Prayer DiSepio 213-14
9:45 AM Session 2-A: Basic Spiritual Assistance
Session 2-B: Spiritual Assistance Training Programs
DiSepio 213-14
DiSepio 201
11:35 AM Break  
12:00 noon Mass Immaculate Conception Chapel)
12:30 PM Lunch Torvian
2:00 PM Session 3-A: Basic Spiritual Assistance
Session 3-B: Spiritual Assistance Training Programs
DiSepio 213-14
DiSepio 201
5:00 PM Dinner Torvian Dining Hall
7:00 PM Evening Prayer DiSepio 213-14
7:15 PM Session 4: Daily wrap-up with summary reports from Sessions 2-A & B and Sessions 3-A & B and open forum DiSepio 213-14
8:30 PM Social Christian Hall

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014 agenda for Summer Secular Franciscan Seminar
Time Event Location
8:00 AM Breakfast Torvian
9:15 AM Morning Prayer DiSepio 213-14
9:45 AM Session 5-A: Basic Spiritual Assistance
Session 5-B: Spiritual Assistance Training Programs
DiSepio 213-14
DiSepio 201
11:35 AM Break  
12:30 PM Lunch Torvian
2:00 PM Session 6-A: Basic Spiritual Assistance
Session 6-B: Spiritual Assistance Training Programs
DiSepio 213-14
DiSepio 201
5:00 PM Dinner Torvian
7:00 PM Evening Prayer DiSepio 213-14
7:15 PM Session 7: Daily wrap-up with summary reports from Session 5-A & B and Session 6-A & B and open forum DiSepio 213-14
8:30 PM Social Christian Hall

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014 agenda for Summer Secular Franciscan Seminar
Time Event Location
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast DiSepio
8:30 AM Morning Prayer DiSepio 213-14
8:45 AM Session 8: Closing remarks and conclusions – Where do we go from here? DiSepio 213-14
10:00 AM Mass Immaculate Conception Chapel
11:00 AM Brunch and Departures Trovian

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