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KOTA KINABALU – The third Parish Discipleship Formation (PDF) attracted five participants.
The participants were four school leavers and a college graduate.
The programme ran from 6-25 Jan 2017 at the Annex, Montfort Training Centre Kinarut and Sacred Heart Parish Centre (SHPC) here.
The three-week programme, organised by the Mission Awareness Team and facilitated jointly by members of LiFE community (Companions of ICPE Mission) of Sacred Heart Cathedral (SHC) and previous PDF participants, includes a formation phase in a live-in community setting, the outreach preparation and outreach phase as well as the closure with a retreat and planning for the future
The participants are being challenged to look at their faith as an important part of their lives which may help them in their future decisions and choices in life. The PDF allows open discussion about faith, relationship with God, self and others as well as the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Here, they learn to apply scriptures, church teachings and documents in their daily life. Spending time to reflect on the daily readings and praying the liturgy of the hours together, have encouraged the desire to want to know more about God. The healthy environment of community living with the aspect of honouring and respecting each other created the sense of belonging and friendship that allow them to share their lives without the fear of judgment.
The formation is focused on discipleship through the accompaniment of a sharing partner journeying with each individual. Here, the teachings are put into action and applied in their daily lives with a close guidance, with constant affirmation and challenge on attitude, response and knowledge. – Joannes Jomitol Jr & Yvonne Teo, Coordinators of PDF2017