In our Catholic tradition, when we talk of preparing people to share more effectively in the mission of Jesus, we speak of ‘formation.’ Formation is much more than training or education because it is about the internalisation of values, attitudes and ways of seeing, and the maturation of faith. It is something that we do in co-operation with God. Formation seeks to develop in us sensitivity to where God is leading our lives and our mission. (Fr. Steve Curtin sj.)
Formation experiences are integral to the development of identity in Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition, Educational Entities governed by Edmund Rice Education Australia and those who support them.
This identity gives expression to the Charism of Edmund Rice through school and education ministry as Church mission, recognising our belonging to the earth community, our relationship with creation and humanity and the culture of our times. Formation then is a new evangelisation, a means for interpreting Scripture with new vigour and ardour and proclaiming the Reign of God.