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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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PAULA, Rafael Amorim de  and  NASCIMENTO, Alexsandro Medeiros do. The meanings of the inner experience of priestly formation: a phenomenal thematic. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2018, vol.24, n.1, pp. 24-34. ISSN 1809-6867.

The study aimed to describe the meanings of priestly formation in Catholic seminarians, considering them as discursive gestalten resulting from complex arrangements of elements of inner experience, in a phenomenal and idiographic perspective. The seminar is a total institution, created by the Council of Trent, and fundamental instrument of modeling subjectivity of future priests, and priestly formation includes the affective, intellectual and pastoral aspects, being governed by guidelines issued from laws of the Church. The focus of the study fell in the inner experience of seminarians, and in the impact of training on the experience of the subjects. 34 seminarians (11 from Pernambuco and 23 from Rio Grande do Norte) participated in the study, coming from the three periods of the major seminary (Propaedeutic, Philosophy and Theology), who answered a phenomenal protocol. The analysis of the discursive corpus was performed from assumptions of standard phenomenal analysis, with support in the thematic analysis technique. The results announced five thematic categories: Seminar: Place of difficulty/waiver; Happiness at being seminarian; Recognition/discernment of the vocation; Seminar: period/place of learning; and Masculinity/value. The research findings corroborated aspects of life of seminarians announced by previous research, and revealed elements of tension in the formative experience.

Keywords : Priestly Formation; Meaning; Inner Experience; Phenomenology; Thematic Analysis.

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