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RGS Philippines hosts Asia Pacific Formators Session

Submitted by: regina
On: 27/10/2015

Good Shepherd Sisters  - Philippines and Asia PacificThe Good Shepherd Sisters – Philippine Province was host to the third module of the Asia Pacific Formators' Session held in Maryridge, Tagaytay City from August 25-September 30, 2015.

Photo: AP participants 

At total of 58 formators from the units of Central East India/Nepal, East Asia, Indonesia, Northeast Asia, Philippines, Singapore/Malaysia, Southwest India, Sri Lanka/Pakistan, Kenya and the Isles participated in the sessions.

Good Shepherd Sisters  - Philippines and Asia Pacific17 lay mission partners  and 12 sisters involved in Good Shepherd Partnership joined the group for certain sessions,  from September 8-12 while province leaders joined from September 24-Sept. 29.

Photo: Sisters from the Philippines:Standing, Srs. Susan Montano, Laarni Bongato, Malou Castro, Betty Therese Ramos, Imelda Fuentes, Tess Figueroa, Emma Marzan, Regina Kuizon. Seated: Josefina Stella, Cielo Matuloy.

he goal of the Formators’ Session is to enable the new formation teams to draw up the Unit formation plans in the light of the 2014 Congregation Formation Guidelines. 

The training which uses the experiential and co-learning model included topics on the Person of the Formator, Evolution and Spirituality, Accompaniment, and Discernment.  Resource persons invited were Clare Nolan and Linda Lizada (Cenacle sister).  

Good Shepherd Sisters  - Philippines and Asia PacificSr. Elaine Basinger together with Salomi Cruz and Josita Corera will co-facilitate the session. Srs. Susan Chia and Elaine facilitated the first two modules held in the Philippines, Oct. 17-Nov. 22, 2011  and Nov. 7- Dec. 7, 2012. For health reasons, Sr. Susan was not able to co-facilitate the third module of the formators’ program.

Photo: Cultural Night, song and dance from East Asia 

The Asia-Pacific Formation core team is composed of Emma Marzan (Philippines), Melania Jung (North East Asia),  Florence Soe (East Asia), Imelda Fuentes (CGS), Fransiska Sri Wahyuni (Indonesia), Preethi Joseph (South West India),  Mariam Kulangara (Central East India/ Nepal), Josita Corera (Sri Lanka/ Pakistan) and Salomi Cruz (Singapore/Malaysia who is the present coordinator).   Sr. Tess Figueroa, Filipina missionary to Kenya, and member of the international formation that helped plan the formators’ program for all the regions of the congregation, also came as part of the team.

Good Shepherd Sisters  - Philippines and Asia PacificEurope-RIMOA Formators’ Sessios were held from July 24-August 14, 2012 and April 8-May 23, 2013
in Kenya, while The Americas Formators’ Sessions took place in Chile from Feb 20-April 2, 2012 and
Feb 4-March 4, 2013.

Photo: Salomi, Josita and Elaine

These activities were part of the implementation of the 2009 Congregational Chapter Direction Statement that  calls us to “respond to the urgency to nurture new life through holistic and relevant formation that prepares, renews and sustains us for the challenges of today’s realities.” 

See related story: Susan Chia