Members of the Apostleship of the Cross
follow a process of comprehensive formation. Imbued
with the Spirituality of the Cross, the process is
progressive and structured, continuous and permanent, so
that the Spirit of the Cross becomes the inspiration in our
Our formation will
clearly have an ecclesial and social orientation.
objective of formation
is to guide us personally and communally toward the
transformation in Jesus Christ Priest and Victim,
Contemplative and Solidary, in order to give glory to God,
console the Heart of Jesus, and extend the reign of the Holy
Spirit, which includes the building of a Priestly People,
fostering serious and mature lives of holiness, and
strengthening the Christian commitment to solidarity in the
style of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel (Lk. 10:25-37).
according to the principles and criteria of the Church and
of the Statutes,
and in accordance with the guidelines of the Regional
Councils acting within their jurisdictions.
There are two stages in the process of
formation: initial formation
(which includes the first experience of evangelization
and basic catechesis) and on-going
Following the initial formation, the
Apostles of the Cross continue with on-going formation,
which prepares them to respond to the needs of the Church
and the world.
Formation in the Apostleship
of the Cross is comprehensive. It embraces the different dimensions
of formation: personal (as an individual, in family and community
life, socially), spiritual, apostolic, and intellectual.
The Apostles of the Cross
strive to grow in zeal for the mission and ability to collaborate
with others, to develop an interest for what happens around us,
accepting the responsibilities of being mature citizens who promote
a more solidary world.
For our formation, we focus
on fostering a genuine
experience of God (through prayer, discernment, interest in what
happens in the world, and study),
a profound community life
(dialogue, fraternity, sharing experiences), and
a commitment to social and
ecclesial service to all (compassion, solidarity, apostolic
action, and expansion of the Apostleship).
Each Region will provide the
necessary means to support the formation of the Apostles of the
Each Apostle of the Cross is
the first to be responsible for his or her own formation.
The Regional Councils are
responsible for the promotion and oversight of formation, ensuring
that it is carried out in accordance to the provisions of these
Statutes, through the mid-level representatives of the Region,
paying special attention to the election and training of Formation
Formation Leaders fulfill
their ministry in the name of the Apostleship of the Cross. In this
way they effectively contribute to the development and life of the
Apostleship, ensuring the comprehensive formation of all members,
and serving both the community and each individual.