We, the members of the Franciscan Custody of St. Anthony of Padua - Philippines (CSAPP), on our common understanding of dialogue, with the desire to commit ourselves to live it through these affirmations:
that, it is an innate reality as a way of being human, Christian and Franciscan. As human beings, it is a reality manifested in our lives.
that, as Christians we believe that God is its source, which calls us to take part in it, by following the example of Jesus in relation to the Father and the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
that, following the life and example of St. Francis of Assisi, our founder and father, dialogue is an indispensable expression of our response to the call to live in the spirit of minority (being at the service of others) and brotherhood to all.
that, it encompasses all dimensions and expressions of our human existence, in the way we relate to God, to the self, to others and to all of creation.
that, it is not just a component of life, or a tool or skill in doing evangelization, and much less an office or a function for animation, because life itself is an expression of dialogue.
that, renewed by this common understanding of it, we want to take this to heart and express it in the concrete situations of our lives and ministries, guided by the five priorities of our religious Order, which are: prayer and devotion, fraternity, formation, minority, mission and evangelization.
that, aware of the need to constantly read the signs of the times in our ever evolving world, as well as respond to the call of the Church, we commit to live the original inspiration of our presence as a Franciscan entity in the south to give testimony to dialogue particularly in the multi-cultural and religious pluralism in Mindanao.
lastly, we want to embark on this journey inspired by the values of contemplation, humility, simplicity, sincerity, solidarity, sensitivity, respect and acceptance of others, listening with the heart, impartiality, courage, joy and most of all, love and compassion.
The Aspirancy program is the first stage of formation in one’s life in the Custody. If we use the analogy of the cycle of “agricultural season”, this is the time or period of weeding as part of the ground preparation prior to the planting of seeds. The program focuses on the human formation of the candidate which is the anchor of his Christian and religious formation.
The Postulancy is the second stage in the preparation of the ground, a period of ‘cultivating’ the soil prior to the actual planting of seeds. Human and Christian formations are emphasized to convert himself from secular life to the Franciscan form of life without the obligation of the latter. The program designed to create venues to clarify the candidate's motivation and make genuine and mature decision.
This is the time for ‘planting’ the seeds of the aspects of Human, Christian and Franciscan growth. It is the stage in formation when the novice starts his life in the Order. The program consists of intense personal, spiritual and communal formation to follow Jesus Christ according to the ideals and examples of St. Francis of Assisi in the present historical and cultural context.
This is the last stage of initial formation - the ‘bearing’ of flowers in the cycle of planting which comes into fruition in the on-going formation. This is the period of nourishing and deepening of the Human, Christian and Franciscan aspects of formation. The first two years are characterized by an intense formation in theology, Franciscanism, pastoral involvement and practical activities to deepen the friar's commitment to the consecrated life. Overall, this stage of formation is designed for the friar to internalize the life and mission in dialogue peculiar to the entity, of the Order and of the Church in the world of today
The student-friar take a break from the rigors of theological studies in order for him to look deeply into his religious journey. With this context, the temporary professed friar shall continue to mature as Human, Christian, Franciscan person and to arrive ultimately at a mature decision for final commitment to live as a friar minor.