I would like to give you an update on the Formation Program of the Fransalian Associates of the USA Vice-Province. As per our Guidelines, the period of formation is for 2 years. Therefore, the Vice-Province has created a Formation Program consisting of 24 Modules meant for 2 years. As of now, our plan is to have 1 class of 90 minutes for each month. For each class, the instructor will develop the schema using the resources available and conduct a virtual class for those who are attending the Formation Program by Google Meets/Zoom. Different modules will be taught by different Fransalian priests. The 2-year program will be divided into 4 semesters, which means each semester consists of 6 classes.

What is Specific for This Year? The original plan was to begin for Formation Program earlier this year on the Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales, January 24th, 2020 and make the consecration on the Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales, January 24th, 2022. However, due to the COVID pandemic we were not able to begin the program as planned in all the provinces. We are beginning this month.

When Are We Launching the Program This Year? The official launching of the Fransalian Associates this year was on Friday, August 21st, which was the 453rd birthday of St. Francis de Sales. On the same day, our Superior General Very Rev. Dr. Abraham Vettuvelil, MSFS has conducted a webinar for the whole congregation on the topic: St. Francis de Sales: His Influence and Relevance Today. And you can watch it on You Tube at your convenient time.

How About the Class Schedule? The classes will be conducted on the fourth Thursday of every month beginning on August 27, 2020 7:30pm to 9:00pm Eastern Time. All that is required is your availability with a computer/phone/tablet or any other similar device.

Is Fransalian Associates Guidelines available? An E-book of Fransalian Associates Guidelines will be available soon and it will be e-mailed to you for your personal reference. A printed version of the same will also be available later on.

Do We Have a You Tube Channel and Facebook Account? The USA Vice-Province launched our own You Tube channel officially on August 21st, called Fransalian Media USA. The content will be updated and enhanced as we go forward.

Link to access the channel on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VIzGmmkUlE

Our Facebook account is called Fransalian Missionaries USA.

Copy and paste this link to access on Facebook and add a Friend Request. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100053659505483

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If you have any further questions or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience.