The programme of formation in SIST is structured in such a way that the Spiritan formation communityis distinct, though not separated, from the school. While the Rector is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the entire SIST as an establishment, the Director of Formation is directly in-charge of the formation programme, while the Community Superior sees to the general welfare of the community. Thus, the Community Superior heads directly, the affairs of the Spiritan International Formation Community (SIFCA).
The Director of Formation harmonies these formation programmes and hold conferences with the scholastics monthly. Themes are chosen and exposed at each conference. These(s) themes are related to [the] major areas of formation mentioned above. Some of these themes include:
1. Intercultural conversion
2. Skills for human relationship in the formation community
3. The practice of the evangelical counsel[s] in the contemporary world
4. Healthy coping with the challenges of human sexuality in the priestly religious life.
5. Ministries in the Church
6. Stress management in the context of pastoral ministry
7. Spiritan spirituality (Francis Libermann, Francois Poullart des Places, Laval, Daniel Brottier, etc.)
In other to ensure adequate accompaniment of the scholastics, each class has a Priest accompanier who meets on one-on-one basics with each scholastic at least once in a semester.
Formation Team:All the Spiritan priests or brothers who live and work in SIST community constitute the formation team. From among them, there are four priests who together with the Rector make up the Coordinators of Formation. Their job is to accompany the scholastics in their journey of discernment and growth on a one-on-one basis. Finally, the Director of Formation coordinates and oversees the entire framework of Spiritan formation at SIST.
The Coordinators of Formation:
Very Rev. Fr.Dr.Bona Ugwu, C.S.Sp. (Rector)
Rev. Fr. David Atuanya, C.S.Sp. (Director of Formation)
Rev. Fr.Dr.Adzenda Kay, C.S.Sp. (Asst. Director of Formation)
Rev. Fr.Dr.Nicholas Nnabuaku, CSSp. (Community Superior)
Rev. Fr.Dr.Albert Owusu-Afriye, C.S.Sp. (member)
Five major areas are covered in this Spiritan programme of formation: Intellectual Formation, Spiritual Formation, Human/emotional/relational Formation, Community Life, and Pastoral formation.
The SIST Programme of Studies gives details of the courses designed to prepare students for the priestly religious missionary life. It covers the different branches of theology required by the Catholic Church for the formation of priests (as set forth in Ratio Formationis) and other disciplines required by SIST and the institutions to which SIST is affiliated, namely, University of Nigeria,Nsukka and Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.