The Province experienced days of God’s grace during the Transmission of the document “Guidelines for the Formation period of Temporary Vows” as the Formation Sector of the Institute presented it to the Animators, Provincial Councillors and Formators from March 28 to March 31. A big “Thanks” to Sr. Reboso Maria Nieves, General Councilor for Formation, Sr. Maria Fisichella and Sr. Anelfreda Miranda her collaborators for presenting very clearly the reality of the Temporary Professed Sisters of our Institute and the need of Formation and Accompaniment.
The Guidelines brought awareness some aspects that require special attention in the formation journey of the FMA especially the Temporary Professed in order to respond to the challenges of the new generation. The important role of the Animator and the community in the Formative journey of the young Sisters was very much highlighted. The Animators themselves felt renewed in their formation and truly experienced newness of religious life during these days of sharing and reflection.
The Icon of Mary at the Wedding Feast at Cana, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn.2:5) was very much considered as an inspiration, an example of indispensable condition to place oneself in an attitude requisite for openness, availability and docility for ongoing formation. It also gave the image of the FMA community that “welcomes and accompanies the Temporary professed in the celebration of the feast of life” thus helping each one to creatively live the newness of the charism so that it may keep the genuine taste of fruitfulness of the origins. The Animators were also enriched with some “Guidelines for the formation of new Animators, Province Formation Coordinator and Live in Ongoing Formation: Foundation of impassioned and joyous growth in FMA identity”.