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The SJTI Formation for Formators Programme is dedicated to preparing men and women for the ministry of formation by offering a comprehensive, spiritual, collaborative and experiential approach to formation ministry.

The full cycle of the formation programme will take six 3-week sessions of short courses over three years, in January and July of each year. Each session will follow 3-5 themes or aspects related to formation.

This is a non-accredited programme. Each module is offered as a short course designed to meet the needs of formation in our contemporary context and the needs of participants already in full time ministry.

This program is designed to fulfil a need to offer a comprehensive training program for those serving or going to serve in formation ministry in religious communities and diocesan seminaries

By living, worshipping, and studying together, participants are able to model and live what would be ideal in communities of formation. Through this experiential process, participants have the time for lasting integration. At the end of the program, participants will not only have the knowledge, skills, and tools they will need, but they will also have the awareness and confidence to carry out the formation ministry.

The language of the programme is English.

St Joseph’s Theological  Institute, Cedara. The campus is set in tranquil surroundings in the KZN midlands, 20km from Pietermaritzburg and 10km from Howick.

Residence is available for women at the Enkanyisweni Residence managed by the Institute, and for men in the religious houses of the stakeholders of the Institute.


  • Recommendation by Major Superior
  • Final vows for religious participants and ordination for diocesan participants.
  • A good grasp of English.
  • Matric pass or equivalent
  • Payment of the fees

Duration for July 2018 session

  • Arrival on Sunday 1 July 2018
  • Departure 21 July 2018

Fees for 2018 sessions

  • Fees + Board & Lodging: R9,200.00
    Participants are required to be resident.

Registration: To register please send an email to:

A maximum of 15 participants per session.

Closing date for registration for July 2018: 15 June 2018.

Registration is confirmed by payment of 50% of the Session Fees (i.e. R1,100.00) on being informed of acceptance into the programme, and the balance by the first day of the session.

Please see below for payment details.

Curriculum for July 2018 Session

Emotions and Emotional Intelligence

  • Definition of emotional intelligence
  • Components of emotional intelligence
  • Signs of High emotional intelligence
  • Skills to increase emotional intelligence

Formation and Canon Law

Dialogue with Cultures & Inculturation in Formation

  • Mission of the consecrated amidst the diversities in the world
  • Understanding cultures and the global culture
  • Consecrated life, witness of communion and evangelizing presence in the world
  • Intercultural communities: Graces and Challenges

Community Living

  • The Eight Stages of Community Development
  • Intimacy—The Heart of Community
  • Dealing with individual differences
  • Communication skills
  • Managing dysfunction

A holistic formation: the 7 dimensions of the Person

  • In this module, the participants will draw from their own lifestyle in order to bring a better equilibrium in their life and become more aware of the im-portance of fostering it in the life of the candidates since the beginning of their formation.
  • Time has to be allocated on a regular basis to these 7 dimensions: spiritual, physical, mental, relational, play, work and society/nature
Payment Details:
St Joseph’s Theological Institute
Bank: First National Bank
Account No.: 525 3000 9060
Branch code: 220725
Payment Reference:
FFFJan18—Name + Surname
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The cretan labyrinth consists of two paths that cross and wind around each other. We see this a symbolic representation of the relationship between formator and formandi. The crossing signifies the cross of Christ who is the model formator and the one in whom our purpose is set forth, as we continue our pilgrim way, embracing our truth and striving for the fullness of life.

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