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THE STUDENDATE: ST. ALPHONSUS' THEOLOGATE

The Studendate  is the final stage of formation prior to final profession and  ordination. After making their first profession, the major seminarians (who are called Students) are sent to the Studendate in Davao -- the St. Alphonsus' Theologate. This is where they spend four years of formation.
OBJECTIVES
The general objective of the Studendate is to help the student to grow in the love of Jesus Christ through his life of fidelity to the tradition and the various apostolates of the Redemptorist community; to facilitate his growth in discipleship of the Lord as the young Redemptorist prepares himself, through his study of theology and other auxiliary sciences, to engage in the apostolate of the province.

Spirituality

1.  to become more and more aware of God's presence through prayer
2.  to celebrate God's presence in community through communal worship
3.  to become converted more and more to Christ's style of living and loving and dying.
4.  to offer themselves to God joyfully even amidst the pressures, tensions and frustrations of their life
5.  to deepen the discernment process in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the life of the christian community in the Philippines and to be creative in seeing new authentic expressions of this community life.
6. in all their apostolic work with the poor to open their heart to be evangelized by them
7. to emphatize with the local and universal church.

Academic

1.  through a committed search for truth to become more and more liberated within themselves and become more effective agent of liberation in the apostolate.
2.  to internalize a lifetime habit and love of study.
3.  to establish and internalize a dialogical, systematic and problem posing method of learning.
4.  to develop an analytical mind capable of well informed theological and pastoral stand on present and future issues.
5.  to acquire a high a degree of intellectual competence in each subject on the  curriculum as their gifts make possible.
6.  to have a facility in synthesizing courses and integrating them into their life and pastoral practice.
 

Apostolate

1.  to work with the awareness of being Redemptorists sent by God through the apostolic community to preach the Gospel and participate in the struggle for social transformation.
2.  to learn by practice the Redemptorist charism of working with people.
3.  to become gradually more involved in the direct apostolate among the poor.
4.  to develop reciprocal evangelization with the poor.
5.  to learn in theory and in practice all the pastoral skills need in the ministry.
6. to come to a deeper understanding of the needs of the local church.

Affective

1.  to work closely in a locus that would broaden their understanding of the whole dynamics of human relationship.
2.  to be able to accept and to freely express feelings and emotions, appreciate their uniqueness as gifts of God and to recognize their vulnerability.
3.  to be open to criticism and to change.
4.  to grow in psycho-sexual maturity and develop healthy relationships with persons of all ages and walks of life within the context of their commitment to celibacy.
5.  to develop confidence in one's won identity and the emotional balance and freedom necessary to make a life of commitment.
6.  to nurture within one's self and the community vlaues that would promote their identity as Filipinos.
7.  to deepen their love for God's people through selfless service and dedication to the poor, deprived and oppressed.
8.  to develop a good sense of humor.
 

Community

1.  to build a community of brotherhood.
2.  to have all the members of the community working as a team in the bayanihan spirit.
3.  to become a community of creative leaders where each takes responsibility for initiating, sharing, and accounting to the community.
4. to learn to listen well to others and to the whole group and be willing to sacrifice self-interest for the sake of the common good.
5.  to be an evangelizer and a co-formator of each in the community.
6.  to discern the will of God as a community in all the important decisions that affect their life and apostolate.
7.  to respect, own and implement all community decisions.
8.  to learn to appreciate the role of the Superior and formation Director in the spirit of obedience.
9.  to work diligently on one's assigned task.
10. to have each member share the burdens of life together.
11. to live a simple lifestyle.
12. to live a lifestyle in accordance with the mentality, ways and values of Filipinos.
13. to acknowledge the role of their immediate families, friends, peer groups outside, and the poor as co-formators.
 


 
 

MEANS

Spiritual Life

1.  One hour  of personal prayer every day.
2.  Daily celebration of the Eucharist and the Morning and Evening prayer of the Church.
3.  Encourage devotions (i.e.  Marian and other saints).
4.  Monthly day of recollection.
5.  Annual eight day retreat.
6. Spiritual journal writing.
7.  Faith sharing sessions.
8.  Review of life twice a year in community.
9.  Regular participation in the sacrament of reconciliation.
10. Weekly spiritual conference.
11. Monthly colloquium with the Prefect of Students.
12. Spiritual direction regularly.
13. Thirty days guided retreat before the finaly profession.

Academic Life

1. Attending theology classes (mostly  at the St. Alphonsus' Theologate and some  at the St. Francis Regional Major Seminary and the Ignatian Institute of Religious Education - Ateneo de Davao University).
2. The method of teaching and learning is participative, systematic, and in so far as it is possible problematic (i.e. from experience of issues seeking solutions) and in constant dialogue with the students' experience.
3. Direction by the Prefect of Studies.
4.Case studies
5. Public speaking and Homiletics
6. Seminars on  organizing, pastorla leadership and management, and facilitating skills.
7. Attending symposia on current issues
8.  Library research and writing book reports and term papers.
9. Attending the liturgy course at the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy during the pastoral immersion year.
10. Attending the course on Christian-Muslim dialogue conducted at the Silsilah in Zamboanga during the summer.
 

Apostolic Life

1.  Spending the weekends in the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) in the parish where they integrate with the people, visit their homes, eat with them, pray with them and sleep in their homes.
2.  Working with the youth in the parish and the BECs.
3.  Conducting seminars and recollections to the leaders in the parish, the BECs, youth groups and mandated organizations.
4.  Assisting the Redemptorist priests in the parish  in facilitating and giving inputs during the Festival of Faith and Men's fellowship.
5. Working as a team in the apostolate
6. Pastoral Immersion Year for third year students where they will assigned to a mission team.
7. Summer exposure to the various apostolates (parish, mission, etc).
8. Accompanying experienced Redemptorists and lay cooperators in the work of the mission, the parish, the church, and retreat house.
8. Vocation work
9.  Throughout all these means they follow the pattern of experience that leads to reflection, that leads to evaluation,  that leads to prayer.
 

Affective Life

1. Exposure to all kinds of people.
2. Sharing one's feelings in an open and positive manner.
3.  Regular psycho-spiritual processing sessions.
4. Taking personality tests, Enneagram, Myers-Briggs
5.  Participating in and making cultural liturgical expression.
6.  Regular home visits and vacation
 

Community Life

1.  Meetings, assemblies, planning and evaluation.
2.  Weekly prefect-students forum/dialogue (on issues, concerns, problems)
3.  Common recreation after supper
4.  Creative community celebrations on every important community occasion (birthday, feasts, despedida)
5.  Common monthly recollection 
6.  Common monthly recreation/outing
7.  Promoting a sense of responsibility for the house and the goods of the community.
8.  Periodic staff work (manualia)
9.  Programmed integration to other Redemptorist communities 


 
 
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