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Intellectual Formation

 MASTER’S DEGREE

MA in Theology Major in
Missiology

LMI

Master of Arts


The Lorenzo Mission Institute is offering Master of Arts in Theology major in Missiology that will be beneficial for both seminarians and lay people who are preparing for mission and teaching missiology.  To provide the atmosphere of study and learning Missiology for those who desire to work for the mission ad intra and mission ad extra, the Lorenzo Mission Institute offers a Course in Theology that focuses on Missiology.


As an Academic Institution under the programs of San Carlos Seminary Graduate School of Theology, the Lorenzo Mission Institute offers a Master’s Degree in Theology as a way of providing a humble missionary assistance to those priests, religious, and lay individuals who desire to obtain such degree for the mission. Seminarians are encouraged to have such degrees so that they may be able to reflect, integrate, and facilitate both praxis and theology in their pastoral  and missionary experiences. The Updated Philippine Program for Priestly Formation (UPPPF) underlines the importance of Theology saying that “theology always moves into two directions: the study of the Word of God and the study of humanity that converses with God.”


The Lorenzo Mission Institute is primarily a seminary forming seminarians for the priesthood equipping them for the mission also through academic and intellectual preparedness. The UPPPF highlights the primary objective of the theology seminary which is “to form true pastors of the Church, after the model of Jesus Christ, the Head of the Body and the Good Shepherd. Priests live their vocation in the midst of the people of God, from within and never outside the Christian community, as a member of and as one ordained for the priestly people.”


According to CMO (Ched Memorandum Order (CMO) it says “this program provides a study of the challenges and complexities of mission within the cultural diversity of today’s world. Students will review historical dimensions of missiology, develop biblical and theological foundations for missional ecclesiology, and strategize for cross-cultural communication of the gospel.”


Courses offered at the Lorenzo Mission Institute:


1. Introduction to Missiology

2. Biblical Foundations of Mission

3. Theology of Mission

4. Inculturation

5. Developments in Mission

6. Mission and Migration

7. Mission Animation and the Pontifical Mission Societies

8. Theology of Religions and Asian Ancient Spiritualities

9. Missionary Spirituality

10. Missiological Anthropology

11. Mission and Intercultural Communication

12. Mission Documents

Pastoral Formation

Apostolate


The Lorenzo Mission Institute trains future missionaries to love humanity and culture. Part of priestly formation is to be exposed to the different human situations and missionary contexts to provide the sense of synthesis between praxis and academic speculative work. They are introduced to both Filipino and Filipino-Chinese cultures also in order to have a wholistic glimpse of the entire pastoral and spiritual needs of the future people or groups of people they would be serving in the future. They are exposed to the various ministries like urban and rural poor, the prison, special children and orphanage, the home for the aged, the Filipino-Chinese youth, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Women’s Organization, and catechetical work among students and parishioners in the different mission stations.


The Pastoral Formation of the Lorenzo Mission Institute includes a two-year Overseas Training Program in order for seminarians be acquainted with the Chinese language and culture. The Lorenzo Mission Institute acknowledges the call of the Lord among the Filipino youth who desire to serve the Chinese communities. So, they have to have sufficient knowledge and ability to speak the Chinese language and understand its culture. To provide the necessary formation that would fit future missionary work fulfills the agenda of the Second Vatican Council. Optatam Totius exhorts that missionary and priestly formation should agree with pastoral needs and  “in this way will the universal laws be adapted to the particular circumstances of the times and localities so that the priestly training will always be in tune with the pastoral needs of those regions in which the ministry is to be exercised.” (Optatam Totius 1)


Today, the Lorenzo Mission Institute fosters missionary exposures in formation like being with the tribes of Davao del Sur in order for seminarians to be exposed to cultural sensibilities. It is to imbue them with a sense of affirmation and appreciation of culture. It is also making them aware that the Church looks at missionary vocations vis-a-vis the universal Church. Mission work is always connected with the entire Catholic Church. Optatam Totius 2 continues to say that “the work of fostering vocations should, in a spirit of openness, transcend the limits of individual dioceses, countries, religious families and rites. Looking to the needs of the universal Church, it should provide aid particularly for those regions in which workers for the Lord’s vineyard are being requested more urgently.” Besides the exposures mentioned at the outset, seminarians are exposed to other apostolic work like being prayer warriors, vocation promoters, recollection and retreat masters, workshop facilitators and team builders. This training is necessary since a missionary is a shepherd to people. He should be trained to proclaim the Good News like a shepherd guiding his sheep.


John Paul II remarks on the rationale of pastoral work training in seminaries saying “and so pastoral formation certainly cannot be reduced to a mere apprenticeship, aiming to make the candidate familiar with some pastoral techniques. The seminary which educates must seek really and truly to initiate the candidate into the sensitivity of being a shepherd, in the conscious and mature assumption of his responsibilities, in the interior habit of evaluating problems and establishing priorities and looking for solutions on the basis of honest motivations of faith and according to the theological demands inherent in pastoral work.” (Pastores Dabo Vobis 58)


The Updated Philippine Program for Priestly Formation emphasizes that “Theology has a pastoral goal. This does not mean that all of theology is reduced to practical questions and to acquiring pastoral skills. Nor does this collapse all branches of Theology into pastoral or applied theology. It simply means that theology is not pursued for its own sake but for the service of the Good News that must engage and involve men and women of our times and respond to their concerns.” The Lorenzo Mission Institute tries its best to make priestly formation as relevant to the needs, situation, and dreams of the People of God. All areas of priestly formation are interwoven toward a trajectory that makes formation more applicable to human destiny and faith.

Spiritual Formation

Spirituality and Charism


The Lorenzo Mission Institute fosters an atmosphere of spiritual growth among future priests and missionaries. The spiritual life of a missionary is integral for mission work. The seminarian should develop a strong and deep relationship with God as the foundation of his future missionary activity. The Updated Philippine Program for Priestly Formation underlines this ” the ministry of the servant-leader who is configured to Jesus, the Good Shepherd and Head, rests on a deep personal communion with Jesus in the Spirit, leading one to imitate Jesus’ filial obedience to the Father and love for the Body, the Church.”


It has to be noted well that human formation finds its completion and fulfillment in spiritual formation. The seminarian is taught to constantly search for Jesus and His Will in order to develop dynamism in his spiritual life. According to John Paul II, the spiritual life of the seminarian is nothing else but “living intimately united with Jesus Christ.” The Lorenzo Mission Institute provides the opportunity of every seminarian to develop the sense of the Eucharist and other forms of prayer that would enhance their life of prayer. The missionary is a lover of the Eucharist and a lover of the Church.


The spiritual life of every seminarian has to be inspired by the Paschal Mystery of Christ. It is because spiritual formation has its roots in the experience of the Paschal Mystery. John Paul II says that without spiritual formation, pastoral formation would be left without foundation… (PDV 45). The fruits of missionary activity depend on one’s meaningful communion with Christ. The Lorenzo Mission Institute seeks to fulfill the vision of the Church regarding all the elements needed for a profound missionary spirituality. Missio ad gentes, missio ad exteros, and missio ad vitam require a distinct missionary spirituality which centers on the Eucharist, Holy Spirit, Culture, and Dialogue.

Human Formation

Human Maturity and Development


The Lorenzo Mission Institute aims to produce missionary priests capable of shepherding God’s people. Thus, a fit human formation has to be employed to bring about a missionary who is capable of addressing the pressing human needs of people of all walks of life. The primary goal of seminary formation is to form pastors of the Church after Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd.


The Updated Philippine Program for Priestly Formation exhorts that “a serious and keen attention to the factors arising from personal history and culture and from the wider Philippine history, culture, society, etc. that form the “humanity of the seminarians is needed to understand the seminarians and to formulate programs suitable for their unique needs.” The missionary formation offered in the Lorenzo Mission Institute embodies what the Philippine Program demands and dictates. It believes that seminarians pursuing the priesthood are influenced by different facts that shape their own behavior, attitudes, worldview, core values and mindsets. Thus, one of the central aspects of missionary formation is the formidable influences of the environment of which the seminarian grew up. If the values of the shapes the person, thus every seminarian should be molded after the Gospel values.


Human Formation in the Lorenzo Mission Institute affirms the beauty and the abundance of God’s grace. It affirms the individual unique qualities he possess. Seminarians have to be formed in order to develop self-esteem and to be a man for others. The Philippine Program for Priestly Training says that in self-giving, a seminarian has to develop self-knowledge, self-appreciation, and self-acceptance or in other words, in self-love.


Every missionary does not only develop self-knowledge and self-acceptance but he grows more to be a gift for others. Missionary work involves giving of oneself and he develops the giftedness of himself in order that God may use the missionary as an instrument of His grace. A seminarian therefore develops self-sacrifice and self-giving by embracing freely the gift of celibacy. Seminary formation has to accompany the seminarian in discerning more the gift of celibacy that is offered to him by God and the Church. A total giving of himself foward God and the Church through the gift of celibacy will enable the missionary to totally give himself to the people he serves. Therefore, this self-giving becomes a virtue in the life of the missionary which would lead him toward a life of simplicity for the Lord.