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Formation Workshop. The Tools. Overview. Formation Modules Initial Formation Checklist Topic Descriptions and Resource List Fun Manual – One of the Primary Resources Fun Manual Companion CD – Another Resource Example Formation Teams. Formation Modules. Purpose:

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  • Formation Modules
  • Initial Formation Checklist
  • Topic Descriptions and Resource List
  • Fun Manual – One of the Primary Resources
  • Fun Manual Companion CD – Another Resource
  • Example
  • Formation Teams
formation modules
Formation Modules


  • Provide explanation of each level.
  • Provide list of topics to cover.


  • Guidelines
  • CIOFS Requests


formation modules example
Formation Modules Example


Initiation into the Secular Franciscan Order takes place step by step in the midst of the fraternity. The purpose of the ORIENTATION PHASE is to determine some basic dispositions of prospective members that are essential to building fraternity and entering into mature, committed relationships.


  • Does the person have the obvious desire to learn about the Secular Franciscan Order?
  • Does the person indicate proper motivation: is the prospective member looking for a pious organization only? apostolic action only? a social life only? or a way of life, a lifestyle?
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Formation Modules Example


An overview of:

O-1) The Life of Francis (additional reading)

O-2) The Branches of the Franciscan Family

O-3) The Secular Franciscan Order

O-4) Phases of Formation and Expectations

O-5) Brief Review of Catholic Doctrine and Christian Morals *

O-6) The Franciscan Movement & Franciscan Family

O-7) Elements of Ecclesiology and Theology of the Laity

O-8) The Apostle’s Creed

initial formation checklist
Initial Formation Checklist


  • Formation Structure
    • Organizes the topics in each module
  • Track Progress
    • Provides a quick view of items needed.

How to use them:

topic descriptions and resource list
Topic Descriptions and Resource List


  • Details items to be covered.
  • Provides primary resources to use.

How to use them:

fun manual one of the primary resources
Fun Manual – One of the Primary Resources

How to use it.

  • First three chapters:
    • Required reading and understanding for all formators.
    • Much of the material can be used at various levels of initial formation.
    • Excellent description of the formation process, step to profession, development of vocation and formation methodology.
topic headings
Topic Headings
  • For the Formator (2)
    • For the Formator
    • Fundamental Topics for Initial Formation
    • Pathway to Profession
  • What is Formation (3)
    • Identity, Role and Mission of a Formator
    • Steps of Formation
    • Discernment of Vocation
    • Methodology and Tools for Implementation


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Fun Manual – One of the Primary Resources

How to use it. (Cont.)

  • Content development chapters:
    • Cover the phases of Initial Formation
    • These chapters vary in style and format.
      • Some provide an outline,
      • Some list and develop specific points.
      • Some are adaptations of articles.
      • Some are organized as lesson plans with purpose, goals and questions.
fun manual examples
Fun Manual Examples
  • Basic Catholic Doctrine (4) & Elements of Ecclesiology and Theology of the Laity (5)
    • Comprehensive articles
  • The Franciscan Family, a Brief Introduction (6)
    • A lesson plan in outline format with some materials to use.
  • Franciscan Movement: Part1 & Part 2 (11)
    • Brief outlines of a lesson plan
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Fun Manual Examples (Cont.)
  • The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order (12)
    • Lesson plans with support material
  • Fraternity & Francis and Fraternity as a Fundamental Element of St. Francis Spirituality (18)
    • Summary outline and two articles with reflection questions
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Fun Manual – One of the Primary Resources

How to use it (Cont.).

  • It is a resource to be augmented by and/or used with other resources.
    • It does not cover all the topics.
    • Some topics require additional resources to supplement.
    • Many topics overlap each other
      • Look at the resource list!
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Fun Manual Companion CD – Another Resource


  • A collection of recent articles, resource materials, SFO documents and lesson plans.


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Fun Manual Companion CD


  • 2011 List of Resources
  • Assisi Pilgrimage
  • Basic Catholic Doctrine - lesson plan
  • Charism and Mission of SF0
    • Lesson plan + 2 PowerPoint's
  • Clare
    • 4 documents + ppt
  • Conversion
    • lesson plan + 2 ppts
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Fun Manual Companion CD


From The Formation Web Site:

2011 List of Resources

2011 SFO Bibliography

Assisi Pilgrimage

Assisi Pilgrimage – retreat (PowerPoint)

Basic Catholic Doctrine

Lesson Plan 2/9/11

Charism & Mission of the SFO

Lesson Plan

Vocation, Mission, Charism (PowerPoint)

Vocation, Mission, Charism handouts

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Formation Example
  • Select Topic.
  • Go to resource guide.
  • Review resources.
  • Organize ideas to cover.
  • Organize presentation.
  • Select or make up some discussion questions.
  • Practice presentation.
  • Topic
    • I-9: Our Identity as a Secular Franciscan
  • Resources
    • Fun Book: Our Identity as a Secular Franciscan (8)
      • Article (Anne Mulqueen)
    • Companion CD: Identity as a SF folder
      • Article (Emanuela De Nunzio) & Lesson Plan
    • Fully Mature: Inquiry # 6
    • Fully Mature: Candidacy # 5
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FUN #8 Our Identity as a Secular Franciscanby Anne Mulqueen


Franciscan Charism

Who am I? Who are we? What is my Purpose? To whom do I belong?

  • Secular Dimension:

Secularity is good, sacred, and necessary.

  • Conversion:

Chapter 2 of the Rule – Daily conversion.

17 essential elements of Secular Franciscan Spirituality given in 1965 to form the Rule

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FUN #8 (Cont.) Our Identity as a Secular Franciscan

III. Significance of being an order (Church relationship)

Chapter 1 of the Rule

Looks at Pope’s letter to SFO

Looks at our documents for definition.

Recommends: The Nature of the Secular Franciscan Order contained in the International Formation material by Benedetto Lino, OFS


Earlier Exhortation of St. Francis to the Brothers and Sister in Penance (circa 1209-1215) - The Prologue

Prayer Service

companion cd belonging to the sfo by emanuela de nunzio
Companion CD - BELONGING TO THE SFO by Emanuela De Nunzio

Introduction: The Crisis of the sense of belonging in post modern times

  • The general picture
    • Static truisms’ fluid; Living in the moment; Absolutes  relativism; Permanent  temporary; No one "belongs" to anything in a definitive way.
  • Belonging to a family
    • Breakdown of family values and permanence
  • Belonging in professional life
    • Breakdown of preparedness for future occupation
  • Belonging to a nation
    • Loss of cultural awareness and national pride
  • Belonging to Ecclesiastical Life
    • Loss of conviction, moral values and Christ
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Belonging and identity

The Main Connection

Belonging implies Identity (See Anne’s Intro.)

The Secular Franciscan Identity

Identity changed with the Rule of 78. Secular; Being (not doing)

Inner Life

Spirituality, Conversion, Ongoing Formation, Contemplation, Plan of Life, Peace, Joy, Community life, …

The spirituality of the TAU

Outward sign of our inner spirituality and commitment

The “sense of gift”

Given freely. Fraternity. The “We”

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Belonging as co-responsibility

Belonging to the Order

Profession (Incorporation), Communion and Co-responsibility, Attentative and Willing, Knowledge and Understanding

Belonging to the local Fraternity

Requieres personal presence, witness, prayer, and active collaboration, in accordance with each one's situation and possible obligations for the animation of the fraternity

To take care of the human and spiritual “well-being” of each of the brothers and sisters


Priority of the SFO

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Belonging and mission 

Being open to the world

To promote the Christian message through presence, (the sense of witness and dialogue with life), the message and prayer. 

The mission of Secular Franciscans is rooted in being … in all aspects of life.

New forms of intervention

Use Documents of Vatican II and Encyclicals as guides.

Voluntary service: “A way to be”; not “to do”. To give and share.

Attention to the young

Ecology,Ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, Mission to the people

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Conclusion: some operating instructions

On the Local Level

Actions for each fraternity to pursue

On the International Fraternity Level

Actions for SFO members to pursue at higher levels and in the world.

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Companion CD – Lesson PlanIdentity as a Secular Franciscan

Overview & Purposeof this lesson: Understand our Identity as a Secular Franciscan

  • Secular Franciscan Identity
  • Secularity
  • Franciscan Dimension
  • Being an Order

Gospel Readings

Words of St Francis on topic: prayer, testament, admonition etc.

Ref: Rule article, GC & Statute citation

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Companion CD – Lesson Plan (Cont.)

Table: Categories; Formators Guide (FG), Participant Guide (PG) and Materials


Understand the who we are as a Secular Franciscan

Understand secularity

Us as Franciscans

Senseof belonging to an Order

FG: List of materials

PG: Verify read in advance


Ideas on presenting this section

Presentation and discussion.

Power-point as AV assist

Look at some founding documents

FG: Incl. ref. to SFO Rule , articles, GC & Nat. Stat.

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Companion CD – Lesson Plan (Cont.)


Dialogue and discussion

Reflection questions


Prayer exercise action

Ritual action

Prayer from Francis


Wrap-up based on presentation reinforcing any concerns surfaced in the discussion &/or questions

FG: Discuss results/key issues that surfaced with

the formation team so next presented is aware

and can tailor next lesson for better reception

PG: Assign next set of readings

resource summary
Resource Summary
  • Five sources given
    • Two articles directly covering topic:
      • One focused on Conversion & Life Style
      • One focused on Belonging & Doc.
    • Lesson Plan with suggested requirements
    • Two lessons from a formation text
      • One focused on Living the Gospel
      • One focused on Evangelization
  • What will you present?
    • Know your resources!
formation teams
Formation Teams

District Formation Team Concept

  • To further uniformity and to assist formators at the local level, we will be establishing district formation teams.
  • These teams will consist of the local formation directors and team members with formation training lead by a district formation leader.
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Formation Teams

District Formation Team Concept

  • The goal of the teams is to provide a forum in which local formation teams can collaborate on various formation topics and approaches.
  • Members can share what they have done, their successes, their challenges, the resources used and the methods used.