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Joanne and Mary Frances

Joanne Lockwood and Mary Frances Charsky are excited to introduce the Formation Manual unveiled at the National Formators Workshop in May. They attended the workshop along with four other Regional Formation Team members.

Oct. Workshop to Introduce
National Formation Manual

Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Region is sponsoring a Formation Workshop Oct. 14-16 at Christ the King Retreat Center in Syracuse to introduce the new national formation manual and related materials.

"The Alma Kraus Memorial Regional Formation Workshop" is designed for all formation directors, formation team members, ministers, spiritual assistants and council members. A grant from the Alma Kraus Memorial Endowment is helping to reduce lodging/meal costs and pay for the manual, CD/DVD, and related handouts. As a result, the cost to attend is only $100 per person.

Six members of the Regional Formation Team participated in the National Formators Workshop in May, where the new formation material was unveiled. An initiative of both the international and national fraternities, the new U.S. manual is titled, "For Up to Now: Foundational Topics for Initial Formation."

A mailing with registration information is being sent to all fraternities in the region.

Those interested in attending may also contact Regional Vice Minister Kim Marks, SFO, at (716) 668-3830 or

Tentative Agenda

Friday, Oct. 14
10:30 to 11:15 AM  Registration 
11:30 AM  Opening Prayer, Welcome, Intros
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM  Intro & Overview of Project
2:40 PM Break
3:00 PM  What is Formation & Pathways
4:00 PM  Basic Catholic Doctrine
5:00 PM  Mass
6:00 PM  Dinner
7:30 PM  Evening Prayer

Saturday, Oct. 15
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Morning Prayer
9:20 AM Ecclesiology
10:20 AM Break
10:30 AM Vocation, Mission, Charism
11:45 AM Mass
12:30 PM Lunch
2:00 PM  Profession 1
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Profession 2
4:30 PM Evening Prayer
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Clare

Sunday, Oct. 16
8:00 AM  Breakfast
9:00 AM Morning Prayer
9:20 AM Franciscan Theology
11:30 AM MASS
12:30 Lunch