March 11, 2014
Is the Pastoral Formation Institute (PFI) for you?
What is the Pastoral Formation Institute (PFI)?
The Pastoral Formation Institute is one of the most effective faith formation opportunities the diocese offers to lay Catholic adults. Commonly known as PFI, this incredible journey is most often referred to as a “life-altering” experience. This two-year (thirty two hour sessions from September thru June) commitment is much more than an academic program.
Taking place in the context of a small faith community in a classroom-like setting, the student is guided through an exciting journey of faith. This is accomplished through integrating a holistic four-fold process of spiritual, human, academic and pastoral formation. An optional third year leadership training program offers further opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge in a particular area of a ministry of choice.
Although it is the hope that the PFI graduate will choose to be actively involved in Church ministry, the primary objective is to lead the participant into a deeper relationship with the Lord and the Church. Through the practice of prayer, professional instruction, faith-sharing and communal celebrations with fellow students, the PFI participant learns what it means to embrace personal discipleship of Christ Jesus as way of life.
The Pastoral Formation Institute is offered in English and Spanish in sites across Long Island.
Is PFI for you?
The Pastoral Formation Institute might be for you if you desire:
- to expand and deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith and holy scripture
- to serve God in the Catholic Church in active ministry
- to deepen your understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church and discover how they connect to your life and the world today
- to acquire the skills and necessary tools to lead others to renew/enter into the Catholic faith
- to grasp the true meaning of living the Gospel in daily life
- to make a significant contribution in today’s world as a vibrant member of the Catholic faith.
What can you expect from PFI?
- Provision of the necessary tools for the continuing conversion of self and others
- A learned process of theological reflection
- Discernment and appreciation of the talents and uniqueness of self and others
- Faith-filled, practicing, Catholic professional instructors who hold graduate degrees in Theology, Religious or Pastoral Studies or equivalent degrees related to curriculum
- Experiencing prayer as the foundational element in one’s relationship with God
- Solid teachings based on the truths of the Catholic Church
- Opportunity to share your faith experiences and questions in a non-threatening environment
- Exposure, reflection, study and links to Catholic Church traditions, resources, ecclesial texts and articles, to include, but not limited to, Papal and USCCB (United States Bishops) documents
- A respectful, supportive climate in which faith is nurtured
- A fostering of social justice as a constitutive element of the Gospel
- Modeling of inclusiveness and celebration of diversity of culture, racial, gender and age differences
- Development of leadership skills as it pertains to parish and community life