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report, with the appropriate formation faculty. This report or an abbre-

viated version thereof may contain significant elements gleaned from

the full psychological assessment but should avoid the most intimate

details; it is appropriate that it include the assessor’s recommendations

for the applicant to succeed in the seminary formation program.


It is

important for the seminary to articulate in its policy how this material is

to be kept confidential and with whom it can be legitimately shared. In

addition, this communication of the assessment findings may be made

only when there is prior, explicit, free, and informed consent given by

the applicant prior to the psychological evaluation.

Some ways in which the psychological assessment can be helpful to

the formation team include the following:

1. To identify the presence of fundamental markers of human


2. To highlight strengths and internal resources available for for-

mation work and future pastoral ministry

3. To identify vulnerabilities that need to be addressed in the

course of formation

4. To confront the seminarian with reliable information about

himself that he may be tempted to resist

5. To note factors that will influence how formation staff can

most effectively work with the seminarian and offer the support

he needs

6. To help integrate the dimensions of seminary formation,

especially in reference to human formation, such as the impor-

tance of affective maturity for intellectual, spiritual, and

pastoral formation

Priestly formation requires the seminarian to face the difficulties

inherent in the development of moral virtues and the contraindications

between his conscious aspirations and the life he actually lives. The

entire formation team is there to assist him in this process. Thus, the

17 PPF, no. 57.