Over recent months, Spiritus has provided a unique faith formation program for over 250 education and other Church ministry leaders from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and from the Australian archdioceses of Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart. A program will soon begin for teachers and leaders in Canberra and Goulburn, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong.
The Spiritus Program includes two parts (1) Faith Formation and the New Evangelisation; and (2) Creating Centres of the New Evangelisation: Catholic Schools, Parishes and Church Ministries. Each session included dynamic presentations, reflections, small groups and practical implementation workshops.
Peter Woods, Director of Teaching at the ACU’s La Salle Academy said,
‘Spiritus is firing up school and other Church leaders across their respective dioceses and countries, equipping them for evangelisation in our contemporary context. I thank God for what the Holy Spirit is doing in and through the Spiritus program.”
Spiritus is conducted by the Australian Catholic University La Salle Academy and is a flagship program of the Catholic Leaders Formation Network (CLFN), a fruit of the collaboration between the ACU and Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia. For the first time, Spiritus was hosted on the CLFN’s new online professional network and formation platform at www.clfn.org. This allows Spiritus and other CLFN programs to be offered in one of several learning modes ranging from face to face, online or in mixed mode.
The program offered in the United Kingdom and Ireland also featured small faith groups called FLAME Communities who met together for six sessions in between the Spiritus Core sessions, to pray, reflect and converse together as part of the ‘Called’ program.
Participants expressed not only their personal appreciation for the opportunity to be renewed in their faith and vocation but reported on school initiatives that had arisen in response to a renewed vision and sense of the school’s mission.
“It has been a privilege and such an enriching, nourishing experience… May the Holy Spirit continue to blaze in and through us all.” (Connie)
“We all have to be braver and more courageous and step into action and be evangelists.” (Rob)
“One of the most lasting memories I’ll take from the program is seeing the principles of evangelisation being put into practice and lived out…. I personally feel empowered to continue to participate in the evangelising mission that is the church… the church of Jesus Christ.” (Martin)