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RVA executive discusses updating seminary policies based on church directives for formators

An executive of Radio Veritas Asia (RVA) gave a talk to a national assembly of seminary formators in the Philippines about the process of drafting seminary policies and guidelines in line with new Church instructions.

Father Victor Sadaya, CMF, General Manager of RVA, walked through the participants of the 7th National Institute of Seminary Formators about the proper implementation of two updated Church documents, Ratio Fundamentalis and Ratio Formationis, according to the Philippine context.

Speaking on the assembly’s fourth day, October 26, Fr. Sadaya explained how seminary formation must consider the new phenomena reshaping today’s culture and society.

This way, formators can discern more effective ways to prepare candidates for the priestly ministry appropriate to the demands of the present times. 

He also talked about Ratio Fundamentalis' message about seminary teachers, saying that they "should have the right kind of accompaniment that is balanced and respectful of the freedom and conscience of the other person, and that will help him in his human and spiritual growth."

Fr. Sadaya also went through the formation itinerary of the Ratio Formationis Sacerdotalis Nationals for the Philippines, which begins at the Care of Care for the Birth, Discernment, and Fostering of Vocation to the Ongoing Priestly Formation.

The Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) organized the 7th National Institute of Seminary Formators, which took place in the Province of Iloilo, to continuously enhance, review, and fine-tune the implementation of programs aimed at shaping future priests.

Aside from Fr. Sadaya, other individuals who spoke at the event’s numerous conferences are Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, CM; Fr. James Wenceslao Gascon, SJ; Fr. Augusto Jesus Angeles III; and Fr. John Era, CM, among others.

The five-day event formally ended on October 27, with Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Chairman of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Seminaries, celebrating the Closing Mass. - Luke Godoy


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.