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2020 CPA Conference: Rebuilding the Church in Seminary Formation: From Psychological Evaluations to Ordination

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Dr. Christina Lynch |  Dr. Gerry Doran |  Fr. Bryan Duggan
1.5 Hours
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This 90-minute panel presentation will invite audience involvement in formation vignettes covering a man’s walk towards a vocation to the diocesan priesthood; the application and psychological assessment process; and the admittance and growth counseling procedure. The expert panelists will present their vignettes from each area of formation, giving real-life examples, as well as illustrations of collaboration between psychologists and formators involved in process of seminary formation. Included in the seminary formation process a vignette using research from St. John Vianney Seminary seminary will address growth in chaste celibacy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Psychologists, Counselors, Vocation Directors, Pastors and all those who work to recruit young men for seminary formation can benefit from the years of experience of psychologists/vocation directors who must assess men to see if they have the capacity to enter seminary formation at the time of their application. Various instruments will be discussed for application as well as various scenarios that can disrupt the seminary community if a man is accepted and not ready. Case studies will be presented and audience participation can be solicited.
  • All participants can benefit from the beta model of SJV (Denver) regarding their chastity program (FIPI) on ways that have helped men grow both in affective maturity and chaste celibate lifestyle.
  • Participants can benefit from this presentation in understanding the strengths and limitations of formation in seminary and how best to treat seminarians they counsel as well as those priests who later come for counseling. I believe this presentation could be considered a beta model of clinical practice related to the formation of young men to the priesthood.

This program does not qualify for NBCC credits


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Fr. Bryan completed his doctorate in clinical psychology from Divine Mercy University and is a registered psychologist in British Columbia, Canada. His clinical experience includes seminary, community mental health, and group practice – settings in which he has worked with clients of diverse cultural and sexual identities. Fr. Bryan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Canada, since 2011 and has served in parish, seminary, and vocations ministry. He is the clergy member of the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s committee for dialogue with the White Rock Pride Society. He is the current chaplain of the CPA.