PRIESTLY FORMATION IN THE PRESENT DAY AND CHALLENGES
The author deliberates on how a vocation to priesthood and priestly ministry is recognized, fostered, judged and promoted today? What are its challenges? He considers the long period of priestly vocational journey and mission of a person dividing it into four stages: i) family and school considered as a single unit - the first seminary; ii) minor seminary; iii) major seminary and finally iv) on going formation. Does the minor and major seminary formation facilitate and orient the candidate to discern beyond all doubts and ambiguity his vocation himself? In the light of the recent meeting of the presidents of all the episcopal conferences in the world convened by Pope Francis to deliberate on how to protect minors in the Church and Vatican Council II’s as well as recent pontiffs’ teaching on vocation and formation, the author reflects on integral formation from a canonical perspective.