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History of the Saint Peter Favre Centre for Formators to the Priesthood and Religious Life

Director Fr. Stanisław Morgalla, SJ

The Nature of the Centre

The Post-Synodal Exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis of His Holiness John Paul II, March 25, 1992, n. 66 urgently revisited the importance of the formation of formators in seminaries. To meet these expectations, and from the explicit request from the Congregation for Catholic Education, the then rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Father Giuseppe Pittau SJ, established in May of 1996, the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Formation of Formators in Seminaries (CIFS) that aimed specially to the formation of formators in seminaries.

The importance of the initiative was confirmed by the document of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Directives Concerning the Preparation of Seminary Educators of November 4, 2003, especially in numbers 70-71 and 75, which provide clear guidelines for the future.

The Executive Council of the Pontifical Gregorian University, in the ordinary session held on October 26, 2007, approving the text of the Regulations and the Norms of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Formation of Formators in Seminaries, has also approved the title of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Formation of Formators to the Priesthood, matured by the purpose of highlighting the specific orientation of the Centre to the candidates to religious or secular priesthood.

The Saint Pietro Favre Centre is a continuation of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Formation of Formators in Seminaries (CIFS) transformed in 2012 into Centre for the Formation of Formators to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life, also opened to formators of consecrated life, both male and female.

Directors

  • Fr. Stanisław Morgalla, SJ | 2014
  • Fr. Jaime Emilio González Magaña, SJ | 2005-2014
  • Fr. Maurizio Costa SJ | 1996-2005