How to Describe Formation

The formation experience is a creative, communal, and cumulative process. It uses the Triangle of Catholic Tradition, Cultural Information, and Individual and Communal Experience to develop the ability to articulate and integrate the twelve foundational concerns.


This leadership formation process emphasizes creativity. Participants are asked to make connections between their own sense of mission and values and the mission and values of the ministries entrusted to them. They are also challenged to articulate Catholic identity and integrate its foundational concerns into the life and the mission of the organization.


This leadership formation process takes place in community. Although each participant must responsibly engage the program, the context is a community of leaders who support and challenge one another. It is within community that participants gain a personal sense of belonging to and leading a Catholic Health Care ministry.


This leadership formation process presupposes gradual development. Although there may be moments of dramatic change, formation is seen as a cumulative growth of interest, insight, and abilities. The ethos of the Catholic Health Care tradition is assimilated a piece at a time until eventually there is a sure grasp of what it means to reside in this tradition and steward it into the future with integrity and confidence.

Our Formation Model: The Triangle

Each of the twelve foundational concerns is situated within the Triangle and explored in terms of three critical angles of vision. The Catholic Tradition sets the agenda; Contemporary Culture informs the agenda; Individual and Communal experience evaluates the agenda.

Only from these intersecting sources of insight can a fully balanced perspective be generated that honors tradition, both respects and challenges culture, and resonates
with individual and communal experience.