The Art of Accompaniment: Practical Steps for the Seminary Formator by Sister Marysia Weber, RSM

The Art of Accompaniment: Practical Steps for the Seminary Formator by Sister Marysia Weber, RSM

The Art of Accompaniment: Practical Steps for the Seminary Formator

by Sister Marysia Weber, RSM

The role of a seminary formator is to accompany the seminarian in the external forum and to discern with him, the seminary community, and larger Church community, whether he has a vocation to the Catholic priesthood. To accomplish this task effectively, the formator needs a vast array of skills that will enable him or her to listen to, understand, encourage, challenge, and adequately assess the seminarian in an open and honest way. This book by Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, offers many invaluable insights and practical tools that seminary formators can employ in their work.

Paperback: $14.95 | Kindle: $9.99 (ISBN-13: 978-1732594913)

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TESTIMONIALS

“As the new Ratio Fundamentalis from Rome invites us to deepen the integration of each seminarian through accompaniment in formation, Sr. Marysia Weber, RSM, brings to bear in this work her years of experience in helping priests and seminarians grow in affective maturity necessary for ministry. This little book offers very helpful insights and practical recommendations to assist seminary formators as they work one-on-one with seminarians in developing the necessary relationship of trust for their growth. Formators will learn from her how to create and take advantage of formative moments in seminary life so that the human and affective flourishing of the man can lead to a flourishing of his divine vocation.” – Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

“Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, DO, articulates clear, relevant ways for the priest formator to accompany seminarians in their formation to the ministerial priesthood. Proposing contemporary assessment questions, this book helps the formation advisor both evaluate and assist the seminarian in his growth in affective maturity. I recommend this compact book particularly because of its practicality, reflection of the Church’s program of formation, and usefulness in identifying opportunities for interior growth for seminarians.” – Fr. Christopher Cooke, Director, Spiritual Year of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia.

“An invaluable resource that every seminary formator should have at his or her side.” – Fr. Dennis Billy, CSSr, author of Finding Our Way to God: Spiritual Direction and the Moral Life

“My colleague and friend, Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, has made an invaluable contribution to the work of priestly formation in her book, The Art of Accompaniment. Throughout the work, her skills as a psychiatrist are evident. Even more evident is her love and honor of the priestly vocation. The concept of accompaniment is key to every insight in the text. There simply is no longer a ‘one size fits all’ approach to priestly formation. Sister Marysia demonstrates both from science and theology varied and concrete ways in which more experienced priests can be both challenging and loving companions on a young man’s journey to ordination and a life of service to the Church. Her chapter on ‘Markers of Human Maturation’ is especially helpful because it presents clear and evidence based ways of helping a candidate recognize individual strengths while not fearing to tackle frailties that could compromise his future life and ministry in the priesthood. The chapter on communication skills is most compelling because it helps formators know how to phrase insights in ways that are acceptable to candidates. Sister Marysia clearly grasps the truth of the old adage, ‘I don’t say what I say; I say what you hear.’ The clearest and most objective evaluation I can give to The Art of Accompaniment is to say that I wish I had this book at hand when I began my own work in priestly formation decades ago. It is a significant and contemporary help in forming candidates for the priesthood after the mind of Christ, possessed of self-knowledge, and ready to serve the Church in our challenging times.” – Rev. Msgr. Thomas G. Caserta (Former Director of Spiritual Formation, Cathedral Seminary Residence, in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Pastor, St. Bernadette Church, Brooklyn, NY)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sister Marysia Weber, R.S.M., D.O., M.A., is a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. She graduated from MSU-COM in 1983 and completed a medical internship at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Michigan in 1984. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1987 and her fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1988. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She completed a Master’s degree in Theology from Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana in 1997. She practiced in her religious institute’s multidisciplinary medical clinic, Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center in Alma, MI from 1988-2014. She became the Director of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in 2014. She currently serves as a member of the Saint Louis Archdiocesan Review Board, the Child Safety Committee, is involved with Project Rachel, collaborates with the Office of Laity and Family Life and is a member of the Catholic Medical Association. She also serves as Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri.

She offers workshops on a variety of topics including human attachment, boundaries and character development, depression and anxiety, dialogue and conflict resolution, as well as on social media and its effects on the brain for clergy, seminarians, women’s and men’s religious communities, parents, teachers and students. She is a formator within her own religious community. She presents on Internet pornography addiction—a Catholic approach to treatment to bishops, clergy, seminarians, religious communities, and laity throughout the United States and Europe She presented to the U.S. Bishops in Dallas TX in 1992 on “Pedophilia and Other Addictions”. She was a member of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse in 1994-1995. Sister Marysia has presented to the Curia, Vatican City State on “Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy in North America” in 2002. She has served as a psychological expert consultant for the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, USCCB. Her publications include: “Medical Aspects of Addiction”; “The Roman Catholic Church and the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests and Religious in the United States and Canada: What Have We Learned? Where Are We Going?”; “Pornography, Electronic Media and Priestly Formation”; “Significant Markers of Human Maturation Applied to the Selection and Formation of Seminarians”; “The Discernment of a Priestly Vocation and the Expertise of Psychiatry and Psychology”; and “Internet Pornography and Priestly Formation: Medium and Content Collide With the Human Brain”. Her papers “Forming Seminary Formators in the Art of Accompaniment”, “Markers of Human Maturation in Seminary Formation: Becoming a Gift for Others” and “Communication Skills for Formative Dialogue Directed Toward Missionary Discipleship”- A Response to the recent Ratio on Priestly Formation are pending publication in the Seminary Journal.

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by Shaun McAfee

The positive influence of the media, new and old, is seen through the expansion of Catholic networks that span over 150 countries, and more, allowing the gospel and Christian values to be spread across the globe instantaneously. The positive reach available through the media is certain, but it may also be used to the detriment of many. Online bullying, fake news, and anti-christian movements are common, too. Social Media Magisterium aims to provide insight and wisdom from the Church’s teaching to equip every Catholic to evangelize, defend the Church, and spread the Gospel. Whether you’re a seasoned blogger or you just downloaded your first app, McAfee’s writing will provide you with the essentials to use the media the way the Church, in her wisdom, directs us.


Available on Amazon! Though the site reads out of stock, you can still order it on two-day delivery. You may also order for the same low price through Barnes & Noble by clicking on the paperback order button below.

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“Shaun’s approach to understanding new media is practical, engaging, and perhaps most importantly, unintimidating!  Those who have no idea how to bring their faith to bear regarding social media will find themselves encouraged and empowered by the Church’s wisdom on the topic, and by Shaun’s disarming style.” – Matt Swaim, host of the Sonrise Morning Show
“Each of the last three popes has described modern new media as ‘a gift from God.’ But this wasn’t just because they loved the ego-boost of Likes, comments, and shares. They were convinced these tools could facilitate the mission of the Church, drawing people into the Kingdom of God. And for that reason they would appreciate Shaun McAfee’s new book. This short and practical guide introduces the Catholic magisterial teachings about media–too often ignored–but then shows how to apply them to everyday contexts, from the family, to evangelization, to avoiding the dangers of the Internet. Any Catholic who uses the Internet should read it!” – Brandon Vogt, Content Director at Word on Fire and author of The Church and New Media

“Having served as one of Shaun’s thesis advisers at Holy Apostles, I am absolutely thrilled by the way he has handled this work on social media – it’s a practical and useful explanation of the Church’s century-long engagement of social media and offers a practical way for Catholics today to get involved in the use of these great gifts for evangelization.” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Holy Apostles, Cromwell, CT

“A book for these Catholics to read: everyone in Pastoral Studies programs of all levels; everyone who is into Social Media but has fears of being addicted; everyone who avoids social media without realizing all the good that selective use can do, not only for oneself but in evangelizing others. McAfee, a convert to the Catholic faith, has written a book that is solid but never ponderous; that is pithy and relevant without being spotty; that is an easy read that could change your daily life.” – Ronda Chervin, Ph.D. is an Emerita Professor of Philosophy and Spirituality at Holy Apostles and author of some 65 books about Catholic living. She is also on Catholic TV, Radio and has her own blog.

“This is a book that all Christians should read. It clearly presents Social Media as the tool to use to spread the Good News of God’s love.” – Dcn. Marty McIndoe (click here to read Dcn. Marty’s full review)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mr. Shaun McAfee, O.P. is the author of Filling Our Father’s House, St. Robert Bellarmine and Reform Yourself!: How to Pray, Find Peace, and Grow in Faith with the Saints of the Counter-Reformation, is the founder and editor of EpicPew.com, and contributes to many online Catholic resources.

Shaun holds a Masters in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles in Cromwell, CT. He has made his temporary profession as a Lay Dominican and lives in Italy.

Shaun became a member of the Catholic Church on Easter 2012 and quickly got started talking to people about the ideas that urged him to convert, soon taking up blogging and writing in a more permanent fashion.

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Missionary Priests in the Homeland: Our Call to Receive

Missionary Priests in the Homeland: Our Call to Receive

COMING SOON!

Missionary Priests in the Homeland: Our Call to Receive

by Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, and Bishop Richard Henning

International priests have served the Roman Catholic Church in the United States since its inception. With congregations consisting largely of immigrants or Spanish and French speaking Catholics absorbed by the expansion of US territory, it was only natural that the clergy reflected the remarkable mixture of ethnicities in the Church. New communities lacked the ‘home-grown’ vocations of more established communities, and the nascent Church needed to recruit or welcome priests and religious from other countries and cultures. It is for these priests and their missionary zeal that this book came to be.

TESTIMONIALS

COMING SOON

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, is Associate Director of the Parresia Project,  Vice-President of External Affairs and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT.
Dr. Mahfood has worked for almost two decades in US seminaries and theological institutes advancing the work of missionary priests and seminarians from around the globe.
In addition to his work with missionary priests and seminarians in the U.S., Dr. Mahfood has made possible the enrollment at Holy Apostles of five dozen Eritrean priests, religious sisters, and lay ministers in the pursuit of their graduate studies 100% online. He is presently assisting the Christian Social Services Commission and Diocese of Tabora, Tanzania, in the development of an online educational program of studies. He serves as the senior co-chair of the Faith-Based Online Learning Directors group.

Bishop Richard Henning has served as Executive Director of the Parresia Project, Rector of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, and Director of the Sacred Heart Institute in Huntington, Long Island. He was ordained a bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island, NY, on July 24, 2018.

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by Dr. Donald Boland

As with every great philosopher and theologian, the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, though perhaps the clearest expressed of all, has inevitably been subject to a variety of interpretations. There is one interpretation that leans to a naturalist/rationalist (secularist) interpretation of his thought. That one is well-recognized today. There is, however, another interpretation so strongly opposed to this extreme that it tends to fall into the other error of supernaturalism/ fideism. In this book, hopefully following not only the thought of St. Thomas but also his method, I have tried only to draw particular attention to this latter error.

TESTIMONIALS

Dr. Donald Boland offers us a penetrating critical reading of Tracey Rowland’s Culture and Thomist Tradition after Vatican II (2003), showing us that Thomism today is faced with an equal and opposite danger to the well-known error of a naturalist, rationalist or secularist interpretation of the Angelic Doctor’s thought. Today’s danger is closer to being a sort of muddled fideist or supernaturalist interpretation influenced by the confusing ideas of nouvelle theologians such as Henri de Lubac.  Boland offers a wide-ranging and well-informed assessment. – Dr. Philip Blosser, Professor of Philosophy, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

In this engaging polemic, Donald Boland effectively reminds us that, as St. Thomas keenly understood, faith has no greater friend than reason. This reminder is sorely needed as some Thomists today have lurched to fideism (even supernaturalism) in their zeal to avert rationalism. Written in an idiom that suits the here and now, Boland shows how the perennial philosophy lives to instruct another generation. – Dr. Curtis Hancock, Professor of Philosophy, Rockhurst University

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donald G Boland Ll. B. Ph. D. is a founding member of the Centre for Catholic Studies Inc. in Sydney Australia and is one of its former Presidents. He practiced for a number of years as a lawyer having a degree in law from the University of Sydney. Over much the same time, having obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Rome, he has taught philosophy and law in both Catholic and secular educational institutions, such as the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Newcastle, the Aquinas Academy, the Centre for Thomistic Studies Inc., now operating under the name of the Centre for Catholic Studies Inc., and various Catholic seminaries, such as those of the Marists and the Vincentians. His doctoral thesis was on the concepts of utility and value in economics as found in the works of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas.

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COMING SOON!

Eastern Civilization from a Catholic Viewpoint

by Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA, STD

Eastern Civilization from a Catholic Viewpoint traces the history of East and South East Asia from ancient times to modern times. In the process, the reader is introduced to the various cultures, philosophies, and religions from these two regions of Asia. Throughout the journey, reference is made to Catholic thought centered on Jesus who was born of a Western Asian woman, Mary. Topics of interest to Catholics include how ancestor worship differs from ancestor veneration, the similarities and differences between Asian moral codes and Catholic morality, the role of honor and shame with respect to God, the earliest presence of Christians in East Asia, Catholic missionaries’ love and protection of East Asian people, the unique lay founding of the Korean Catholic presence, the difference between Protestant and Catholic evangelization in Asia, and the morality of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Japan.
Paperback $19.99 | Kindle $9.99

TESTIMONIALS

Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA, has produced quite a grand opus in his collection of works on Marian Devotion, Catholic Church History, East and South East Asian History, Catholic Apologetics, Protology and the Priesthood, Western Civilization and Political Science. Each of his books provides wisdom for the beginner and clarity for the educated. – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Holy Apostles College & Seminary

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Father Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA, STD is Academic Dean of On-campus Learning and Assistant Professor of Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He received degrees from Middlebury College, Holy Apostles College and Seminary, the Dominican House of Studies, and the Catholic University of America. He is intent on putting his educational background at the service of the New Evangelization promoted by the recent popes.

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