Programme Elements

1. Emmaus Programme
2. Centre for Leadership and Management
3. Formation of Formators
4. Mentoring
5. Sabbatical and Mini-Sabbatical Programmes
6. Training Third-Party Neutral for Conflict Resolution
7. Spiritual Direction/Retreats
8. Popular Missions
9. Vincentian Research Hub
10. School Chaplaincy

1. Emmaus programme
       This programme is for continuing formation for the diocesan clergy. The purpose of the programme is to address the four pillars of formation for presbyters in the missionary territories: human, spiritual, intellectual, and apostolic. Its stated goals are “to provide an integrated series of seminars in a reflective, spiritual setting to enable diocesan clergy to engage in the formation and ongoing development to encourage personal holiness, increase priestly spiritual and moral support and assist in improving ministerial competence in missionary areas.” With this, we hope to develop a spirituality that is uniquely diocesan. It is available three times a year. At the moment, it is only available in Kenya. However, the success of the programme in the last twenty years has prompted more requests for the same in the neighbouring countries.

2. Centre for leadership and management
       CLM has two components: academic and ministerial. It is the second aspect that is administered by MICOF. The first aspect is administered at Tangaza University College. The programme focuses on the ongoing formation of the diocesan clergy, the religious, and the laity. It offers executive certificates in the following: leadership and management, leadership coaching, financial management, strategic planning, stewardship in temporal goods of the Church, fundraising, project development, mentoring, technology today, safeguarding the vulnerable in the society, conflict resolution, among others. In partnership with Tangaza University College, Vincentian Centre for Church and Society (VCGS) at St. John’s University, New York, DePaul University, Chicago, and Canadian Institute of Conflict Resolution (CICR), Ottawa, MICOF issues executive certificates for these programmes.

3. Formation of Formators
       It is not unusual in Kenya to hear that one is appointed to the Seminary or a Religious Formation Centre for formation not because he has skills, knowledge, and experience to do formation, but because he did not fit in any other apostolate. Besides, the person is appointed without any preparation whatsoever for this important ministry of formation. This is neither healthy for the person himself, nor for the students, he is going to form.
       This programme is dedicated to preparing men (and women) for the ministry of formation. The programme offers a comprehensive, spiritual, collaborative, intellectual, and experiential approach to learning, life, and ministry—all focused within the context of formation.
       Participants live in the community and share their experiences with fellow ministers in a residential, nine-month program.
By living, worshipping, and studying together, participants are able to model and live what is ideal in seminaries and houses of formation. Through this process, participants develop the needed skills and tools for formation ministry.
       The programme uses several methods to prepare a formator for success in the formation ministry, including talks from knowledgeable professionals and ministers, dialogue, experiential intercultural living, self-reflection practices and formal research on current formation issues.

4. Mentoring
       This Programme is a ministry to the recently ordained confreres and new administrators/parish priests (first two years). It is offered as a gift of experience and wisdom from one who has lived the priestly life to one who seeks to live that life productively and happily. A mentor is an experienced (10 or more years in the priesthood), who seeks to accompany another as the other moves from life as a seminarian to the diaconate to the priesthood. The mentor understands the nature of the relationship; that of a “co-worker with Christ” and because of his lived experience as pastor; he accepts a role as having a sacred entry, a certain “rite of passage” into the life and the concerns of the recently ordained, administrators/pastors.
       The mentor will see himself as the sounding board for the mentee. He will actively listen to the issues of adjustment recalling that the focus of mentoring is always on the priest and his development. Because the mentor is a third party, he is more likely to be objective in the processing of transition issues.
       The mentor is in a position to be a model for the mentee concerning attitudes of patience, understanding, and calmness in assessing issues and concerns that arise in the normal events of pastoral life.

5. Sabbatical and Mini-Sabbatical Programmes
       This curriculum-centred, community-based, holistic sabbatical fosters both personal and professional renewal and provides continuing formation. Priests come for four months to rest, to study, to enjoy, and to share their experiences and learn from others who are in ministry today. The Programme provides renewal for clergy and religious.

6. Training Third-Party Neutral for Conflict Resolution
       Conflict in itself is not negative. But when tensions rise between parties and disharmony increases, that conflict is not healthy for an individual or a group. The rate of conflict in communities and parishes in Kenya is high. This programme trains one to be a third party neutral in conflict resolution situation. The programme is designed to help one to learn how to uncover the sources and dynamics of conflicts, clarify intentions, and facilitate the development of solutions toward reconciliation.
       A participant also develops his/her capacity in third party neutral roles of conciliation, mediation, facilitation of groups in conflict, and designing conflict interventions through teaching, role-plays and conflict scenarios. It is a 160-hour programme in four modules spread out in a period of one year.

7. Spiritual Direction/Retreats
       At present, in Kenya, there is no place that offers training for spiritual directors and retreat directors. Given the importance of this ministry to the people of God, it is important that this need is addressed. It is for this reason that Moriarty Institute is establishing this programme to answer to this need.
       This programme will deepen individuals’ abilities to serve as spiritual companions and retreat leaders. It provides a special emphasis on being present to people who are discerning to deepen their relationship with God. The programme enriches both individuals seeking initial training in spiritual direction as well as experienced spiritual directors. The participants are our own confreres, diocesan clergy and religious men and women. The duration of the programme is for six months.
       The Programme is designed to meet the following needs of the spiritual director:
            – Support the continued spiritual growth of each participant
            – Establish an integrated framework for spiritual direction
            – Explore the meaning of contemplative action in a secularized world
            – Discern one’s call to this ministry
            – Grow in the art of spiritual direction

8. Popular Missions
       Article 14 of our Constitution, states, “Popular missions, so dear to the heart of our Founder, are to be earnestly promoted. Therefore, we should undertake the work of the missions according to circumstances of time and place, searching for all possible means to give this work new vitality, both to renew and to build up a true Christian community and to awaken faith in the hearts of unbelievers.”
       In line with this constitutional exhortation, our confreres and seminarians have organized parish missions since 2016. During long vacation for seminarians and as part of their pastoral experience, together with confreres and some lay members of the Christian faithful, mission teams visit parishes to teach, preach, and celebrate the sacraments providing the parishioners with inspirational and spiritual encouragement by sharing God’s love. So far, the missions have been limited to our Vincentian parishes in Kenya. We hope to expand this to other parishes in Kenya.

9. Vincentian Research Hub
       At present, there are two research centres in Kenya. The Jesuits at Hekima University College are running one, and another is run by the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in collaboration with the Association of the Sisters of Kenya. None of them gears their research to ministry in the parishes and poverty in Kenya.
       Our programme at the Institute is dedicated to using a systems approach for effective evangelization in parishes and to solving some of the most pressing problems of human poverty through innovation, invention and research.

10. School Chaplaincy
       One of the sad realities in the schools in Kenya, especially high schools, in the recent past, has been cases of indiscipline leading to the destruction of property and even lives. This has not only been witnessed in public schools but even in Catholic (private) schools. With run-away indiscipline leading to the destruction of property and lives, the government has done a soul searching and concluded that it is the lack of discipline, which is caused by lack of good religious formation in values in the young people that is the cause of the problems. It is for this reason that the government has requested that the Churches provide chaplains for schools to teach values and virtues in the young people in order to instil discipline in them.
       In Catholic schools, it is not only discipline but also the whole notion of evangelization for the salvation of souls.
Catholic schools are an essential work of the Church’s Teaching Office, and all teachers in Catholic schools, therefore, participate in this Office, in collaboration with the Bishop. Catholic schools participate in the Church’s evangelizing mission, of bringing the Gospel to the ends of the earth. More particularly, they are places of evangelization for young people. As truly ecclesial institutions, they are “the privileged environment in which Christian education is carried out.” Catholic schools also have a missionary thrust, by means of which they make a significant contribution “to the evangelizing mission of the Church throughout the world, including areas in which other forms of pastoral work are possible.”The role of the Chaplain is to help each member of the school or college community to become more aware of God’s presence and to empower them to celebrate that presence and live out their response to that experience of God. School Chaplains are called to be witnesses of the love and care of God and his Church for the school community. Our Catholic schools are a fundamental part of the mission of the Church and the vision of chaplaincy held by the school must be rooted in Gospel values.
       The ministry of the Chaplain demands that he or she is a catalyst for action and reflection and will both enthuse and challenge the whole community to respond to God’s call to discipleship in a Catholic context. This is primarily achieved by the witness of the Chaplain’s own life and also by his or her involvement in the spiritual, liturgical and pastoral life of the school and is available to all members of the school community.
       A good chaplain is one who is formed and informed in his/role. This demands good preparation for this ministry. Our programme is geared towards preparing the Chaplain for both the public schools and the Catholic schools. Thus, our programme aims at training the Chaplain into being a good ambassador of the Church for the evangelization of the Gospel to students and staff.
       The components of the programme include:
             • The nature and purpose of Catholic education
             • The nature and purpose of chaplaincy
             • The role of chaplaincy in the light of theology, scripture and canon law
             • The pastoral reality and context for chaplaincy in education
             • The role of the diocesan coordinator for school and college chaplaincy
             • Safeguarding and protecting the vulnerable
       The programme is conducted at MICOF, DePaul Centre, Nairobi. It is a four-weekends programme, totalling 40 hours.