2015 Advanced Missionary Disciples Formation Program

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2015 Advanced Missionary Disciples Formation Program

Going Deeper:
Forming and Supporting
Communities of Missionary Disciples

San Lorenzo Mission House
July 12-17, 2015

Go deeper in your understanding of mission and evangelization.  
Continue to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence
to teach and inspire others to live out their own call to  mission.

We will gather for a week this summer at the Mission House in the San Francisco Bay Area to reflect more deeply on what it means to form and support communities of missionary disciples.  The mornings will focus on study and reflection and the afternoons will involve integration and practical application.  

Monday:  Forming Community-Parts of One Body

We will reflect on the communal nature of the triune God in mission whom we try to follow.  We will discuss the spirituality of solidarity, particularly from the lens of what the most marginalized members of the body have to share about the nature of God and mission.  We will examine table fellowship as Jesus’ preferred method of community building and the opportunities and challenges in postmodern U.S. culture that foster and hinder authentic community building.

Tuesday:  Discipleship-Following in the Footsteps of Jesus

We will reflect on the dynamics of call, disturbance and encounter in responding to Jesus’ invitation to participate in mission.  We will discuss the spirituality of listening and accompaniment that leads to meaningful dialogue.  We will examine the challenges and opportunities for living Gospel values of discipleship in a postmodern culture.

Wednesday:  Mission Possible-Going Forth in Joy

We will reflect on the  the dynamics of encounter and engagement in going forth in the context of a spirituality of gratitude and joy.  We will discuss how to  navigate a non-geographically defined mission reality in a postmodern culture and often times dysfunctional church.  We will examine how to move from maintenance to mission and implement the shift from country club mentality to Pope Francis’ image of field hospital.

Thursday:  Forming others for Missionary Discipleship

We will reflect on the role of the diocesan and parish minister as mission educator in forming missionary disciples at the local level.  We will discuss the challenges and opportunities for creating a culture of mission in the parish and school.  We will examine how to develop effective day-to-day strategies to invite and accompany others in mission

Friday: Next steps

In a seminar format, we will reflect on what we learned from each other during the week.  We will share our plans of how we will integrate and implement this in our own programs to form and support communities of missionary disciples.   We will discuss how to provide ongoing support and professional development for each other. We will examine what resources are still needed and how to develop them.

Presenters:  Fr. John Sivalon, MM, Fr. Robert Jalbert, MM, Deacon Matt Dulka. Kevin Foy

Prerequisite:  In order to jump right in and go deeper, we ask that you have completed the Basic Missionary Disciple Formation Program (Mission Education Training Program) or its equivalent.  Please contact Kris East about doing a catch up self-study program.

Accommodations:  The San Lorenzo Mission House is a former convent.   The rooms are comfortable, simple and private, but most share a common bathroom.  You are welcome to extend your stay by a few days before or after the program to enjoy the San Francisco Bay Area.  Read more...

Transportation:  The San Lorenzo Mission House is located near the Bayfair BART station and is a 15-20 drive from the Oakland Airport.  We provide pick up from the Oakland Airport and Bayfair BART stations.

Daily Schedule
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Morning Prayer
9:30 am Morning Session
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30  pm Afternoon Session
5:30 pm Evening Prayer
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evenings Free for Prayers, Reflection and Relaxation

Cost:  We suggest a donation of $150 to cover the costs of accommodations, food and materials.  If you are unable to make a donation, please come as our guest.