The Province as a whole gives priority to formation. In fact, eight of our fraternities are formation fraternities. We can say that we give much of our time and effort to our formation. The entire formation program of the Province is governed by a ratio formationis inspired by the spiritual heritage of Franciscans in general and of Capuchins in particular as gathered from the documentary sources. This “ratio” was formulated and published in 1996 after a period of experimentation. The formation program is the same for all until perpetual profession. The formative journey covers the following stages.
2. Postulancy: 2 years at our seminary in Lipa City, Batangas
3. Novitiate: 1 year in Baguio City, Benguet
4. Postnovitiate Formation (PN): 4 years in the following fraternities:
PN1 – St. Pio Fraternity, Lipa City (Retreat facilitation and Retreat House management)
PN2 – Baluan, General Santos City (Immersion with the poor and Interreligious Dialogue)
PN3 – Exposure in our different fraternities according to where one can develop his personal gifts and talents
PN4 – St. Pio Formation House, Davao City (Preparation for perpetual profession)
5. Special Formation: After perpetual profession
a. Philosophy – Christ the King Seminary,Quezon City
b. Theology – Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City
c. Professional and Skills Training for Perpetually Professed Brother
Our recent foundations outside of Manila are in the direction of non-parochial apostolates and more into presence and witness. In the South, our foundations are fraternities of presence, houses of formation, mission work and social action among the indigenous people of Mindanao. During the past years some of our friars have been sought as retreat directors and facilitators which encouraged us to build a retreat center in Lipa City, Batangas plunging ourselves into this new apostolate. Also some of our brothers are involved in the Neo-Cathechumenal Way and a few had experiences being itinerant preachers and evangelizers. There is also an emerging interest on Ecology and some of our younger friars are involved in this endeavor.
As regards our relationship with other members of the Franciscan family, we can say that we have developed during the past years a strong bond with the First Order, Second Order and the sisters who follow the Rule–the Third Order Regular. We have secular Franciscans and Franciscan youth in most of our parishes and even in our houses of presence. We have to mention that there are now four monasteries of our Capuchin Poor Clares (ClarisasCapuchinasSacramentarias) in the Philippines whom we help in their spiritual needs.
Looking Towards The Future
There are four things which we want to accomplish in the future, our dreams that we want to realize:
1. To strengthen the present ministries of the Province. Priority must be given to the strengthening of the local fraternities in terms of personnel, fraternal life, witnessing and apostolic effectiveness.
2. To animate not only the mission ad intra of the Province but also its missionary impetus ad extra, as we continue to hold a place of honor for our missionary charism. Our gaze is focused on other mission areas in Asia and the Middle East.
3. To strengthen our presence, witnessing and ministries in Mindanao, and hopefully the Vizayas region.
4. To form our own Filipino formators whether here or abroad. Formation, being our priority, should take into serious consideration the formation of the formators themselves.
5. to engage more ourselves in serving the poor and marginalized through our Capuchin Social action.