Responding with Missionary Thrust
The Redemptorist Congregation from the beginning has always been close to the people, particularly the poor and abandoned, and has always sought collaboration with the laity in its apostolic work. The Redemptorist mission in the Church is to respond with missionary thrust to the pressing needs of the most abandoned, especially the poor. Redemptorist communities are founded precisely to be sent out; a hallmark of Redemptorist life and spirituality is the primacy of mission; everything is viewed through the lens of mission and evaluated in terms of its contribution to evangelising the poor and being evangelised by the poor.
Formation for Mission in Africa and Madagascar
The mission challenges presented in this website give a sense of the multitude of personnel and skills required to implement a programme of integral evangelisation and a Justice, Peace and Reconciliation programme. There are three “moments” in the Church’s mission of evangelisation: (1) Missionary activity; (2) Catechetical activity; (3) Pastoral Activity. A rich array of skills are also required to implement a range of professional services, centred on justice, development, reconciliation and ethical and emergency programmes.
The Redemptorists of Africa and Madagascar are committed to delivering annually training programmes for: (1) Between 230 and 300 Redemptorist vocation students; (2) Between 1000 and 2000 Lay leaders in skills for Missionary activity; Catechetical activity and Pastoral activity; (3) For a cohort of Redemptorists and Lay people to train in professional skills to help achieve the high-level goals of the Redemptorists in Africa and Madagascar; (4) Ongoing professional development for finally professed Redemptorists. All training programmes include elements of preparation for the international mission, for example, studying foreign languages and other cultures.
Africa and Madagascar Training Programme 2011-2014
The formation programme planning for 2011-2014 includes programmes, courses, workshops, seminars, degrees, master degrees and doctorates in the following areas;
• Inter-religious dialogue
• Novitiates and Spirituality
• Peace and Reconciliation
• Finance and administration
• Restorative Practice
• Publications and communications
• Integral evangelisation
• Superior Studies in Theology and Philosophy for Formators and Academic teachers
• Lay Leadership
• Youth Leadership
• Catechetical Activity
• Mission Theology
• Project Management
• Pastoral Skills
Images from training programmes for Redemptorists and Co-workers: