Ministry Formation Program

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, To him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:1

The Ministry Formation Program is a chance for individuals to deepen their understanding of faith and their relationship with God. The four pillars of formation are key to the program.

  • Spiritual
  • Academic
  • Human
  • Pastoral

These pillars inform and direct the program to ensure formation is comprehensive and equipping individuals for mission.

The Ministry Formation Program will take the form of regular monthly formation sessions, that will include input from respected academics from all around Australia and opportunities for prayer and reflection on individual's relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church.

Practically, there are a few areas that you need to be aware of to assist with this time of formation and growth.

Weekend Commitment:

Each Weekend for the Ministry Formation Program will be based on the following timeline.

10am - 4.30pm sessions

9.30am - 3.30pm sessions

Location of Sessions

At this stage, formation weekends will occur in Bathurst and Dubbo.

Catholic Chancery Office
118 Keppel St Bathurst Nsw 2795

St Brigid’s Parish Meeting rooms
198 Brisbane St, Dubbo NSW 2830


Morning, Afternoon Tea and Lunch will be supplied on Saturday and Sunday on each weekend. The evening meal on Saturday night will need to be organised by individuals. At times the group may gather for a meal on Saturday night, but this will be optional and be at the individual’s expense.


Our diocese is geographically large with many small communities and long distances to travel, to assist those with large distances to travel, individuals who live one hour or further from the weekend session location are able to request accommodation, if needed, which will be paid by the diocese.

Accommodation will be offered in retreat centres or mid level motels.

At least one week before each session individuals are required to complete the accommodation request form which can be found on the Ministry Formation Program page on the diocesan website or here:


The Ministry Formation Program is a work of the Mission of the Diocese. Consequently, a large financial commitment has been made to ensure the Program is of the highest standard.

It is seen that one of the many ways a participant can contribute to the program is through covering their own costs for travel to and from sessions, retreats and meetings (as required).

If you require assistance in this area, please speak to Sr Mary.


During the course of each weekend, the facilitator will offer a question or assignment topic that will assist learning and deepen understanding in area of formation.

It is asked that this assignment be completed in the appropriate time and length and returned as directed.


It is expected that a commitment is made to this program. If an absence occurs, this can be understood, but it is always necessary to make contact with the team before and after any absence.

An attendance sheet for each weekend will need to be signed by individuals at each session.

Study Skills

For some, the Ministry Formation Program is a return to study and formation after potentially a long gap. The use of computers and submission of assignments may also be challenging. If you feel you may require assistance in this area, please do not hesitate to contact Deacon Josh, who is happy to assist where possible. Please be aware that this assistance will be offered outside of the Formation Weekends.


Ongoing reading and development of understand of self, others and God is key to the Ministry Formation Program. During the next period, you will be encouraged to extend yourself through learning and reading. There will be further reading list offered at each weekend and you are encouraged to read further to advance knowledge and understanding.

Commitment to Prayer

To develop a relationship with anyone, it requires commitment of time. The same can be said of a relationship with God, Prayer is our way of deepening our relationship with God. Each individual in the Ministry Formation Program is asked to reflect deeply on their prayer life and ask how can they deepen their prayer and also bring knowledge and experience gained to their relationship with the Christ.

Leaving the program

If through discernment or practicalities, you are not able to continue with the Ministry Formation Program, you are invited to make contact with Sr Mary Comer, to discuss this and to formally end your time with the program.

Discernment of Specialisation

During Ministry Formation Program, individuals will be asked to meet with the formation team to help the individual and the team to discern the correct specialisation and also to monitor ongoing development.

Discernment of specialisation will occur all through the program, but will commence at a  more formal stage towards the end of 2018.

Length of Program

The Ministry Formation Program is an intensive formation program that will run over 2018 and 2019. Formation requires flexibility and timelines that suit individual’s needs and the group. Please be aware that flexibility is needed to ensure formation and growth for all those involved in the program.

If there are any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team to discuss any thoughts and concerns.

MInistry Formation Program Team

Fr Paul Devitt EV VG
Sr Mary Comer rsj  Executive Secretary
Fr Greg Bellamy
Mr Tony Eviston
Mrs Christine Mahony
Deacon Josh Clayton


Sr Mary Comer rsj
Executive Secretary
Contact Number: 0429 913 424
Email: (remove XX) mcrsj XX @bigpond XX

Mr Tony Eviston
Contact Number: 6334 6400
Email: (remove XX) chancellor XX @bathurst XX

Deacon Josh Clayton
Diocesan Ministries Coordinator
Contact Number: 0458 261 513
Email: (remove XX) ministries XX @bathurst XX

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