Our formation is total and integral: it seeks to bring about
maturity, professional competence, and committed faith.
SVD Constitution 503.
Throughout their entire life, religious are to continue
carefully their own spiritual, doctrinal,
and practical formation,
and superiors are to provide them with the resources to do this.
SVD Constitution 661.
Continuing Education 5920.2
Every member under
the age of 70 is expected to devote a minimum of five full days annually
to this purpose [i.e. ongoing education]. This does not include the
annual retreat. Members are entitled to receive additional time as
mutually agreed upon with their immediate superior.
members with their ongoing education and formation, grants are available
to help cover expenses for attending short-term, non-certificate,
non-degree programs; pertinent local events; workshops; seminars;
association meetings and conferences; professional memberships and
subscriptions; webinars; home-study courses and materials. Members
interested in applying for an Ongoing Education/Formation Grant should
be aware of the procedure and complete the grant application in a
thorough and timely manner.
Please note that an Ongoing
Education/Formation Grant cannot be used for long-term programs leading
to a degree or formal certification. Other monies are available for that
purpose and you are encouraged to contact the
Secretary of Education, Recruitment
and Formation to discuss the options.
for Grant Application form)
Note that Ongoing Education/Formation Grants are available to
the Society of the Divine Word USC Province Members only.
In order to
receive a Province grant for ongoing education, one must
have on file in the Office of Education, Recruitment &
Formation an Accountability Statement for the previous
institutions and offices that already budget for
professional updating should continue to do so. Members
working for such institutions and offices or for other
professional organizations should make use of any funds
available to them through these institutions, offices or
Province funds are available in the form of grants to help
members avail of educational opportunities and comply with
the policy on Ongoing Education.
Province funding to cover fees, travel, and room and board
must be submitted at least four to six weeks in advance of
the actual event and have the approval of the local
Application must have the approval of the local superior in
the form of his signature on line 13 or as an email message
(from the local superior to the Education Office
Coordinator) confirming his approval.
Office Coordinator may approve individual grants up to $900
and up to a maximum of $2,000 per fiscal year per applicant.
Any individual requests over $900 or any annual total above
$2,000, requires the permission of the provincial superior.
for a Province grant does not guarantee approval. The
Education Office Coordinator shall monitor the
appropriateness of programs applied for and make the final
decision on all requests.
are not made for expenses incurred without prior approval
and permission from the Office of Education, Recruitment &
Grant checks can
only be made payable to the individual confrere or the local
or district community to which he is assigned.
If a program or
event is cancelled, the full grant amount must be returned
to the Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation.
Likewise, any unused portion of a grant must be returned to
the Province and is not to be used for other purposes.