CATFE/ATFE Asheville 2019 Highlights
On Wednesday, January 30 members of CATFE met at the Crowne Plaza, Asheville, NC. During the meetings we were able to teleconference with members who were unable to join us in person.
The Opening Session was a presentation from Fr. Andrew Turner from St. Mary's Seminary, Cleveland on his Integrated Online Portfolio for Formative and Summative Assessment, a software he introduced in detail to CATFE at the 2018 Biennium in Camarillo. "The character and goal of seminary formation is missionary and evangelistic in all its forms and requires personal and communal accompaniment as its means. This project developed an integrated online formation portfolio for the formative and summative assessment of students preparing for ordained ministry. This tool integrates the four dimensions of priestly formation with institutional outcomes through personal and spiritual goal setting, and quantitative and qualitative assessment of M.Div. capstone evidence and pastoral theological reflection."
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There was also a great interchange of ideas regarding Theological Reflection Models. These included:
In the Business Meeting we thanked Fr. Rodel Balagtas (St. John's Seminary, CA) for his part in CATFE leadership as he prepares to leave seminary formation in June in order to return to parish life. Please see below Fr. Rodel's reflection on "The Prophetic Voice" written in response to the ATFE Plenary Session.
We welcomed Fr. Andrew Turner to be part of the CATFE leadership team with Kathy Castillo (Christ the King, NY) and Sr. Mary Leanne Hubbard (St. John's Seminary, CA).
As we discussed the next CATFE Biennium, Fr. Gregg Caggianelli (St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, FL) suggested that we connect with the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools (NACTS) and meet as a breakout of that larger body. Fr. Andy Turner subsequently connected with NACTS leadership who has graciously invited CATFE members to the next NACTS meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Schaumburg, IL outside of Chicago October 4-5. The CATFE breakout session will occur on October 4, and for those who cannot join us, there is again the opportunity for teleconferencing through Zoom. CATFE will be sending more information about this in the future. NACTS needs to know about the numbers by September 3, 2019. For your budgeting purposes, the room rate is $109/night including breakfast and the meeting fee is $50/person which includes Friday lunch and Friday night social. Everyone present agreed that Chicago in October is certainly more inviting than almost anywhere in January/ February when CATFE has traditionally met.
Another highlight of the ATFE conference was Dr. Christina Zaker's presentation on "Shifting Field Education to the Margins." The resources for further reflection are also available on the Members Area/Documents.
To top off the CATFE experience we met at Sierra Nevada Brewery in Asheville known for it's locally brewed ales. Of course, our Portland-er, Nancy Holt (Mount Angel, OR) was dubious of the Asheville claim to being the Mecca of local breweries. This did not stop any of us from testing the hypothesis.
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The Prophetic Voice: Ministry and Theology at the Margins
Welcome to the Catholic Association for Theological Field Education. This site is home to the professionals at Catholic Seminaries and Schools of Theology who guide formation for ministry through theological field education. We are a multicultural community that offers the opportunity to collaborate, support, share information and be resource to and for each other. We are committed to challenging ourselves to integrity in our ministry and ongoing professional development.
Our Seminaries/Schools are ATS [the Association of Theological Schools] accredited. To meet that accreditation each school has, included in its curriculum, some significant hands on ministry experience that is supervised and evaluated. These experiences give the students the opportunity and the context to practice and reflect on ministry. It is the responsibility of the Field Educator to shepherd students and supervisors through the experience, making it a time of reflective growth and increasing competence for all involved. Through the use of theological reflection, consultation, engaging with peers, classroom time, and living and working with ministry professionals the goals of these curricular ministry experiences can be reached.
As CATFE, we hold a biennial consultation to bring members together with the goal of networking, learning from one another and sharing experiences that are both successful and that challenge us to new and greater understanding of our ministry as Field Educators.
Many of our members are also members of ATFE [the Association for Theological Field Education]. ATFE is an international association of Theological Field Educators whose members include Field Educators of all Christian denominations. ATFE holds a biennial consultation and CATFE members are encouraged to participate in the ATFE biennial where we caucus as a group.