Oblate School of Theology has been in partnership with ACTS Missions, the governing organization for ACTS retreats since 1999. In response to the demands of the ACTS retreat process locally, nationally and globally a certificate program for Spiritual Companion formation has been developed and now offered at Oblate School of Theology.
The “ACTS Spiritual Companion Training Program” will address the need in the ACTS communities to acquire trained male and female spiritual companions who would serve as the spiritual leaders of the ACTS retreat teams in formation and be available to the retreatants for guidance on the retreat weekends.
ACTS Spiritual Companion Formation Program (ASC Formation Program)
The ACTS Spiritual Companion Formation program is a basic formation program for men and women who function in the role of spiritual companion for ACTS retreats. The two-part program provides formation for ministry by way of academic and practical instruction. The first part encompasses basic elements of intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human formation including the topics of Christian
Foundations, Christian discipleship, Christian Spirituality, Pastoral Care, Formative Spirituality, Sacraments and elements that apply directly to the ACTS retreat formation and weekend process. The second part offers a key element to the program; a mentored practicum experience with participation in theological reflection sessions.