National Directory



exercise of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy by the Church; fostering by facilitation, motivation, and organization the Church’s social justice ministry and the preferential option for the poor 140. As part of his pastoral formation, the participant should acquire an appropriate multicultural awareness, exposure, and sensitivity, suitable to the needs of the diocese, including the possibility of learning a sec ond language and studying its cultural context. 47 141. Other recommended elements for those in initial formation include the following: a. Certain technical subjects that prepare the participant for specific pastoral care, such as pastoral counseling, with particular emphasis on appropriate referral, especially as applied to family ministry, cat echetical pedagogy, sacred music, and ecclesiastical administration b. A practical internship that permits the participant to encounter and respond in ministry to that which he has learned in his study c. Progressive involvement in the pastoral activity of the diocese d. An explanation of applicable norms and policies for marriage prepa ration and the canonical processes for declaring a marriage null e. The developing of the participant’s commitment to ecumenism and interreligious dialogue; appropriate shared pastoral experiences should be considered 48 f. A maturing in the participant of “a strong missionary sensitivity” 49 g. A commitment to the new evangelization 50 h. An appropriate integration with other disciplines, such as philoso phy, economics and politics, psychology, and sociology—according to particular situations and needs 51 i. Information technology, distance learning, and the correct use of the Internet in pastoral ministry 142. Pastoral formation must include theological reflection so the participant may integrate his ministerial activity with the broad scope of diaconal

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