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. Each year, CTM includes a case study (print and via video) on a vital safeguarding or formation topic, along with discussion materials designed for three 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 which contribute to it, identifying it in one’s own life, and responding with enhanced awareness and commitment to self-care.

The presentation in the videos include a narration of “Father Tim’s” story along with discussion questions and didactics. The questions and key points have been crafted according to the needs of three key audiences:

  • Men in formation
  • Men currently living in apostolic life
  • Men living in a retired community

Note: New this year, the videos include subtitles in Spanish and French.

To purchase downloadable and online resources for “The Case of ‘Father Tim’,” click the button below. Online purchases are processed through PayPal, which accepts debit cards, credit cards or PayPal accounts. Please note: There are no DVDs for “The Case of ‘Father Tim'”; rather, you can download them to play on a computer or view them online.

You may purchase access to all three videos and materials for $75. Once you have completed the checkout process through PayPal, click on the “Return to Merchant” button you see on your receipt page to be directed to a page with the information on how to access the materialsPlease be sure to save the information on that landing 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.

It includes a narration of “Father Matt’s” story along with discussion questions and didactics. The questions and key points have been crafted according to the needs of three key audiences:

  • Men in formation
  • Men currently living in apostolic life
  • Men living in a retired community

To purchase downloadable and online resources for “The Case of ‘Father Matt’,” click the button below. Online purchases are processed through PayPal, which accepts debit cards, credit cards or PayPal accounts. Please note: There are no DVDs for “The Case of ‘Father Matt'”; rather, you can download them to play on a computer or view them online.

You may purchase access to all three videos and kits for $75. Once you have completed the checkout process through PayPal, you can click on the “Return to Merchant” button you see on your receipt page to be directed to a page with information on how to access the materialsPlease be sure to save the information on that landing page for future access if needed.