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Capacity building and development in a secular world would mean to advance in acquiring both mental and physical skills, without which, we would stagger behind in this fast-paced society. For us religious, I would like to see this as a dynamic process of “Ongoing or Continuing Formation” at all levels of our religious life, which continues even after our Perpetual Profession, Ordination, and after our Silver or Golden Jubilees!
Capacity-building is defined as the process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in a fast-changing world. Capacity building enables individuals to develop competencies and skills that can make them more effective and sustainable, thus
increasing the potential to enrich lives and solve society's most intractable problems. While 'capacity-building' suggests building something new from the ground up, according to a pre-imposed design, 'capacity development' is believed to better express an approach that builds on existing skills and knowledge, driving a dynamic and flexible process of change, undertaken by the individuals themselves.