2009 Year for Priests
2009 Academic Year Short-term Summer Formation Course for Priests
Invitation Letter

Please be informed that:

To respond to the declaration by the Holy See of 2009 as the Year for Priests and to follow the instruction of the Chinese Regional Bishops¡¦ Conference, a special conference on ¡§2009 Academic Year Short term Summer Formation Course for Priests¡¨ will be held to allow all priests nationwide to have an opportunity of continuing formation. This formation is designed specially for priests who are young in the ministry.

The purpose of this course is to review and deepen the theological and pastoral dimensions of the ¡§Sacrament of Holy Order¡¨. Emphasis will be on the faith and foundation of the Sacrament of Holy Orders of the Church under the light of Christian revelation (Holy Scriptures and Holy Tradition) that is, on the three levels of ministerial priesthood, (bishop, priest, deacon) and the baptismal priesthood of the laity; discussions and studies on differences in their essential qualities and pastoral participation. With the hope of providing priests participants a space to reflect and share on these topics, so that they may realize a pastoral ministry of loving service that is more attuned to the needs of our times and to the realities of the local Church.

I.  Specific plan
        1. Sponsor: Chinese Regional Bishops¡¦ Conference Commission for Clergy
  In Charge: Taiwan Catholic Regional Seminary
        2. Schedule: August 17, Monday to August 28, Friday, 2009 (2 weeks)
  Monday to Friday, 6 hours daily

Total: 60 hours

        3. Place: Taiwan Catholic Regional Seminary
  Classes, board and lodging, common prayers, recreation and get together activities
¡@¡@4. Course Format:
  Speaker/lecturers will choose the topics, procedure and manner of discussion.
  There will be simultaneous translations, group sharing and discussions.
        5. Speakers/lecturers:

Fr. Paul Preaux (responsible for pastoral practical affairs, sharing and clarifications)


Fr. Francois-Regis (responsible of Vatican documents and teachings)

        6. Participants:
  Priests who are ten years and below in the ministry are required to attend.
  Those who are more than ten years are also welcome.
  Religious priests in Taiwan and priests overseas are also welcome.
        7. Course Preparation

Please read:

  a. Vatican II: Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests

b. Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation ¡§Pastores Dabo Vobis¡¨

  c. Priestly Ministry in the Third Millennium
       8. Registration fee: NT$ 15,000 per person
  Please pay together as diocese.

Post office account: 19992759 Taiwan Catholic Regional Seminary

II.  Schedule
  06:30 Getting Up
  07:00 Integrated Morning Prayer / Mass
  07:50 Breakfast
  09:10-10:00 First Session
  10:00-10:10 Break
  10:10-11:00 2nd Session
  11:00-11:10 Break
  11:10-12:00 3rd Session
  12:10 Noon Prayer, Lunch, Rest
  14:40-15:30 4th Session
  15:30-15:40 Break
  15:40-16:30 5th Session
  16:30-16:40 Break
  16:40-17:30 6th Session
  17:30-18:00 Recreation, sports
  18:10 Night Prayer, Supper, Free Time
  19:30 Get together, sharing, recreation
III.  Registration

Register on or before July 31, 2009 (Friday)

  Register as a group (by diocese or Congregation)
  Send registration either by e-mail, fax, or by post
IV.  Contact
  Rev. Fr. Joseph Huang, Rector
  69 Guizi Road, Taishan, Taipei County (24352)

Tel.: (02) 2901-7542, 2901-2750


Fax: (02) 2901-0799


E-mail: tcrs.tw@msa.hinet.net or frhcf@hotmail.com


Contact person: Ms. Teresa Wu, Secretary

V. Registration Form
(      ) Diocese List of Names for the "Short-term Summer Formation Course for Priests"
Birthdate (m/d/y)
ID or ARC No.
Please e-mail or fax the list of names to the Regional Seminary on or before July 31, 2009.

(E-mail: tcrs.tw@msa.hinet.net Fax: 02-29010799)

For further information, please contact the Regional Seminary: (02) 2901-7542, 2901-2750

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