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Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., identifies benchmarks for spiritual, psychological and emotional development.
The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, promulgated in 2016 by the Congregation for the Clergy, recognizes the propaedeutic phase of reflection and preparation prior to entering major seminary as a critical component of priestly formation. Developing specific goals and objectives for human formation in the propaedeutic stage can provide a solid foundation for growth throughout initial formation.
Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., identifies benchmarks for spiritual, psychological and emotional development in this important phase of priestly formation. Fr. Songy, a licensed clinical psychologist and spiritual director, has served as director of formation for both diocesan seminarians and religious men studying for the priesthood.
Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.
Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.
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