A permanent feature of the SJV Formation Programme is the Pastoral Internship which students, having completed the second year of their Theological Studies, are required to do as part of their Formation for the Priesthood.
According to this programme, students are assigned a priest supervisor and are sent to live and work in the community, outside of the Seminary, usually in their own Dioceses’ for 6 months – commencing in January, concluding at the end of June. Here they undertake structured and supervised pastoral work and ministry where they can apply some the principles of their prior pastoral and ministerial training.
The current group of 13 students, who have just completed their Pastoral Internship at the end of June 2014, have re-entered the Seminary and commenced with a “Debriefing” Workshop, facilitated by Fr Clement Senekane, held over 11 – 13 July 2014. During these days the Post-Interns were led to process their various experiences – the good as well as the less good – and to share the joys and sorrows of their experiences in their assignments in the communities in which they worked. This Workshop is also designed to assist the Post-Intern Students to reinsert themselves back into the life of SJV where they will now commence the final 2 years of their Seminary Formation.
The Pastoral Internship forms a vital part of the formation of future priests, and this intense time of pastoral formation, will continue to be complemented by the other areas of Seminary Formation, namely, Spiritual, Academic, and Human Formation.
After the Workshop the Post-Interns will further do a 4 day directed Retreat, whereafter they will re-acquaint themselves with the rigors of Academic Formation as they commence the Third Year of the Theology Programme when Lectures for the Second Semester commence on Monday, 21 July.