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The Role of Psychology in the Human Formation of Seminarians for Spiritual Fatherhood. On Demand

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Fr. David Songy O.F.M.Cap.
1 Hour 12 Minutes
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The newest edition of the Program of Priestly Formation (PPF) offers an excellent opportunity to consider the important contribution of psychological professionals to seminary formation to ensure enduring vocations and mature, healthy ministers for the Church. This presentation will focus on human formation of seminarians for spiritual fatherhood. While the PPF outlines various human formation norms, goals, and benchmarks for the development of priestly identity, professional input is necessary to assist seminary formators in this important endeavor. This workshop, consisting of lecture and case examples, is designed to help psychological professionals:

  1. Summarize those human qualities essential for the development of spiritual fatherhood,
  2. Describe the role of the psychological professional in supporting the human formation process in a Catholic seminary environment
  3. Discuss case examples of seminary formation scenarios relevant to the newly promulgated PPF.

This program does not qualify for NBCC credits



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Capuchin Province of Saint Conrad

Rev. David Songy, O.F.M. Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., is a priest of the Capuchin Province of Mid-America,  clinical psychologist, and author of Spiritual Direction for Priestly Celibacy. Prior to leading Saint Luke Institute, he was the spiritual director and prefect of studies at Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He also was director of counseling services at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and held several positions at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. Fr. Songy holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Denver and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Teresianum, the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality in Rome.  He is an international speaker on topics such as priestly spirituality, formation in celibate chastity, and healthy sexual integration and affective maturity.