Introduction to Appendices A-C: Discernment and Support Groups

A1.1 Each Candidate will normally have 2 separate groups of people in their Parish, who will be part of the formation and training process for the Candidate.

A1.2 The discernment group will be responsible for helping the candidate and the Parish discern whether or not the candidate is indeed called to the LTPhood and whether or not the candidate is the right person for the particular Parish. (See Appendix A for an outline of procedures and responsibilities for a Discernment Group.)

A1.3 The support group will be responsible for providing a safe, confidential place for the candidate to share experiences and review learning. (See Appendix B for an outline of procedures and responsibilities for a Support Group.)

A1.4 Where a Congregation is too small for these two groups to function, the Congregation may choose to have a joint group. (See Appendix C for an outline of procedures and responsibilities for a Joint Discernment and Support Group.)

Appendix A – Guidelines For A Parish/Congregational Discernment Group

Appendix B – Guidelines For A Parish/Congregation Support Group

Appendix C – Guidelines For A Single Parish/Congregation Discernment/Support Group

Appendix D – Recommended Reading

Appendix E – Locally Trained Priestly Covenants