The Joy of Accompaniment Training
Thursdays July 20, 27, and August 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2023
From 7 to 9 PM
The Joy of Accompaniment training is formation in the "Art of Accompaniment" to which Pope Francis calls all ministers in the Church.
The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5).
The training format is hybrid, consisting of asynchronous work, online work via Moodle, our online learning management system, and six weeks two-hour zoom integration sessions.
Each week will include a series of guided reflections based on The Joy of the Gospel, Christus Vivit, Gaudete et Exsultate exhortations and the Art of Accompaniment text byColleen Campbell and Thomas Carani.
“Spiritual accompaniment is the apostolate of intentional relationship that is oriented toward a definitive direction of growth in holiness and transformation in the person of Christ.”
The Art of Accompaniment
A facilitator/companion will be assigned to each participant for the journey.
Week 1 – July 20, 2023. This Zoom Live session will process the themes: Encounter with Jesus, Joy, Evangelization, Pastoral Conversion and What is Accompaniment?
Week 2 – July 27, 2023. This Zoom Live session will process the themes: Missionary Discipleship, Kerygma, Who is involved in the Apostolate of Accompaniment?
Week 3 – August 3, 2023. This Zoom Live session will process the themes: Kingdom of God, Social Transformation, Dialogue, Formation.
Week 4 – August 10, 2023. This Zoom Live session will process the themes: Holy Spirit, Prayer, Missionary Spirituality, The one Accompanied.
Week 5 – August 17, 2023. This Zoom Live session will process the themes: Guidelines to implement the Art of Accompaniment, Understanding the Adults We Accompany, Accompaniment skills and Moodle training
Week 6 – August 24, 2023. This Zoom Live session will process the themes: Accompaniment Types of Relationship, Practical Considerations, Practice Your Accompaniment Skills.
This course is design for the Advanced Ministry Study participants as part of their practicum year, Master Catechists as part of their re-certification, CBI ministers as part of their third year, and any parish leader that would like to understand and create an accompaniment culture in their community for a more relational church.
All Sessions have a pre-reading material and participation in the online Learning System– Moodle.
To order the book that will be used for this formation please click HERE