Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation

3/F Spiritual-Pastoral Center (CEFAM), Seminary Drive
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: (02) 928 6040
(02) 426 6001 loc. 4875

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does "psycho-spiritual formation" mean?

All human beings are in the process of being "formed" toward fullness of life and mision in the world. This process is characterized as a journey of change, growth, integration, and development of values and capabilities. It engages both the "human" and the "spiritual" dimensions. The "human" dimension involves psychological, emotional, functional, bio-physical, and other elements. The "spiritual" involves transcendence, grace, and faith. Both dimensions need to integrate to make formation authentic and life-giving to the self and to the world. Emmaus Center has pioneered a process called "psycho-spiritual integration" or PSI, as a method in formation.

2. What kind of professional training have Emmaus Center associates undergone?

Emmaus Center associates are trained in diverse fields: clinical, social, and developmental psychology; theology and spirituality; pastoral work; education; leadership; management; and organizational development. Senior Emmaus associates are considered pioneers and leaders in the ministry of formation in the Philippines because of their many years of experience.

3. What is unique about Emmaus programs?

The hallmark of the Emmaus approach is process-oriented learning conducted by trained and experienced professionals. To ensure program quality, the center maintains optimal participant-to-facilitator ratio, as well as adequate number of training days. We also constantly reviews and improves content and processes based on participant's feedback. As a result, Emmaus programs entail a significant investment in time and financial resources. While some may perceive Emmaus programs as expensive, participants have constantly expressed highly positive feedback, something for which we are deeply grateful.

Part of our plans for the future is better financial sustainability as well as adequate resources to ensure that our programs and services remain affordable. With your help and the support of other generous benefactors, we may be able to guarantee that no priest, religious, or layperson will be turned away for lack of finances.