Conversations That Matter

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Conversations That Matter, produced by the Jesuit Conference and distributed by CMSM, is a formation resource to assist those in leadership of institutes for male religious, or those involved in formation for community life. Produced annually, CTM includes a case study on a vital safeguarding or formation topic. The case study is provided in print and video, along with discussion materials designed for three different groups: men in formation, men living in apostolic life, and men in retirement.

The Case of "Father Tim"

Released January 2020

The case of "Father Tim" is a pseudonymous account of a real situation dealing with burnout, recognition of the factors that contribute to it, identifying it in one's own life, and responding with enhanced awareness and commitment to self-care.

The videos include a narration of "Father Tim's" story in English, with subtitles in Spanish and French, and questions and didactics for men in formation, apostolic life and in a retired community. You also receive simple print material.

Access to the videos plus materials for the three groups is $75. You can download the video and/or watch it online.

Purchases are processed via PayPal, which accepts debit cards, credit cards or PayPal accounts. Once you complete the checkout process through PayPal, click on the "Return to Merchant" button on your receipt page. This will direct you to a page with information on how to access the materials. Please save the information on that page for future access if needed. 

The Case of "Father Matt"

Released January 2019

"The Case of 'Father Matt'" is a pseudonymous account of a real situation dealing with a healthy aging religious who had a friend who betrayed him. He has maintained healthy relationships and his commitment to celibacy and community life.  At the same time, he has also confronted addiction, disappointment, betrayal, and his own diminishment.

The video for each group - men in formation, apostolic life, and a retired community - includes a narration of "Father Matt's" story along with discussion questions and didactics. You also receive print materials.

Access to the video plus the materials for the three groups is $75. You can download the video and/or watch it online. Purchases are processed via PayPal, which accepts debit cards, credit cards or PayPal accounts.

Once you complete the checkout process through PayPal, click on the "Return to Merchant" button on your receipt page. This will direct you to a page with information on how to access the materials. Please save the information on that page for future access if needed.