Adopted by the Council of Bishops of the Old Roman Catholic
Church in North America, May 18, 1996 and Revised June 5, 1998
There are two components to Vocation Development: education and
formation. To accomplish the latter, the Council of Bishops adopts
the Residential Program of Formation. This program includes, but
is not limited to, the following components/characteristics:
1. The Candidate's Diocesan Bishop will appoint a Director of
Formation. It shall be the primary responsibility of the Director
of Formation to serve as mentor and spiritual director to those
2. The Director of Formation will guide the Candidate's experience
A. Liturgical Prayer
B. Personal Prayer
C. Meditation and Contemplation
D. Religious exercises including formal spiritual direction.
3. The nature of the Candidate's participation and the duration
of the individual program shall be determined by the Director
of Formation in collaboration with the Candidate, subject to approval
by the Candidate's Bishop.
4. The program shall require a minimum of six days residency
5. The following texts shall be used as core components of formation
and spirituality: The writings of St. Augustine, especially his
Confessions; The Imitation of Christ; The Pensees of Blase Paschal;
Ruusbroec and His Mysticism (Blessed John Ruusbroec); Erasmus,
especially his Handbook of the Militant Christian.