The General Formation Commission held its meeting at the General Curia house in Rome from the 15th to the 20th May, 2017. Fr. Benny Phang, O.Carm. (General Councillor for Formation), Fr. Noel Rosas, O.Carm. (Administrative Secretary of the General Formation Commission), and the members of the Commission: Fr. Quinn Conners, O.Carm. (PCM), Fr. Wayne Stanhope (Aust), Fr. Krispinus Ginting, O.Carm. (Indo), Fr. Jose Alex Valavanattu (Ind), Fr. Giampiero Molinari (General Secretary) and Fr. Onesmus Muthoka (Ken) were present at the meeting.
During this annual meeting, they reflected on a new document from the Holy See, namely, Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis (2016) and discussed its importance for our own RIVC with the help of Fr. Orlando Torres, S.J. a formator and ex General Councillor for Formation of the Jesuits. They also discussed and prepared the International Gathering of Carmelite Students in Initial Formation, which will take place in Nijmegen, Mainz and Dachau from July the 22nd to the 5th August, 2018. The theme of this meeting is: “Blessed Titus Brandsma: Carmelite, Professor, Journalist and Martyr. Contemplation: the dynamic element that unifies them (RIVC, 28).”