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Course in Silchar Province On Psychosexual Integration And Celibate Maturity


By Fr. Paul Olphindro
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Shillong, Mar. 17. A Course of Psychosexual  Integration and Celibate Maturity was organized at Siloam from 10th to 15th March 2013 for the Salesian Formators by Rev. Fr. Paul Olphindro Lyngkot, Sdb, the Vice Provincial of Silchar. The recently published book on ''Psycho-Sexual Integration and Celibate Maturity - a hand book for Religious and Priestly Formation'' by Salesian Psychological Association and South Asia Formation Commission of the Salesians formed the basic reference book.
The main resource person of the Course was Fr. Joe Mannath, Sdb from Don Bosco Renewal Centre, Bangalore, along with Fr. L. B. Anthony, Sdb and Fr. Chysanthus Saldanha. There were forty participants which included Salesians of Don Bosco from Delhi, Kolkatta, Guwahati, Dimapur and Silchar Provinces, as well as Seven Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and two Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco.

Fr. Joe Mannath, with depth, clarity and inspiring humour led the participants to reflect and assimilate truths regarding a variety of subjects dealing with psychosexual integration and celibate maturity. Some topics dealt with were: Meaning of Psycho-sexual integration; Understanding Human Sexuality; Stages of Psycho-sexual Development; Psycho-sexual maturity; Healthy Integration of Sexual Feelings; Understanding the issue of Masturbation: problems and helps; Homosexuality; the Issue of Sexual Abuse: Basic information; Pornography;  Healing from the effects of Sexual Abuse and How formators can be of help in the healing process; Celibacy: Our Experience; Celibacy: Meaning and Motives; Formation to Celibacy; Failures in Celibacy; Understanding Counselling and Spiritual Direction;  Man-Woman friendships and Ways of helping ourselves and our formees; Ten Best Helps for a happy Celibate Life; and healthy and effective Formator.

A Panel: ''My Experience of Celibacy'' set the mood for deeper sharing among the participants themselves. Fr. L. B. Anthony  enlightened the participants on the teaching of the Church on Psycho-Sexual Issues and Celibacy based on Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Canon Law.

Fr. Chrysanthus Saldanha , with his prepared text, assisted  the Salesians to draw up a concrete syllabus on 'Formation to Affective and Sexual maturity' for the various stages of formation: Prenovitiate, Novitiate, Post-Novitiate, Practical Training, Specific Formation Period and for On Going Formation.

The days were enriched by meaningful reflection and praying of Psalms, meditation, Eucharistic Celebration, sharing at different levels and viewing of relevant and enriching movies. The stay at Siloam was a wonderful experience of home-like atmosphere created not only by the participants and resource persons but also by the Salesian Staff and helpers at Siloam who provided a clean and ordered place, tasty and healthy food and warm welcome and care every day. The scenic beauty of Siloam completed the holistic experience.
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