FORMATION

The Novitiate

About

The Novitiate is the time of preparation for temporary profession. It begins with the ceremony of admission to the Novitiate and ends when temporary vows are made in the Congregation.

The novitiate gives an all-round development, though the thrust is in the spiritual formation of the novices. It is the time they truly discern their vocation and deepen the call they answered.

 

Purpose

The purpose of the novitiate is to verify the vocation of a novice to the Congregation through discernment and various experiences. Through various experiences a novice is formed and tested for the apostolic mission of the congregation.

The novitiate is built around various experiences. They are aimed at revealing the potential of the candidate to herself and to the congregation and at helping her in achieving their personal vocation within the congregation.

Time Line

The experience of the novitiate consists of:

I month Ignatian retreat (The Spiritual Exercises)

I month Hospital Experience

2/3 months of Community Experience

They are exposed to various classes in the novitiate:

  1. Orientation and Motivation to religious life
  2. Classes on the Book of Constitutions
  3. Life of St. Ignatius
  4. Preparation for One month retreat
  5. Consecrated Life
  6. Life of Blessed Dina Belanger
  7. Life of Saint Claudine Thevenet
  8. Ignatian Spiritualty – Discernment
  9. Preparation for Community Experience
  10. Psycho- Spiritual Integration
  11. History of the congregation – self-study, presentation
  12. Hospital Experience
  13. Apostolic life continued
  14. Preparation for the First Profession
  15. Consecrated Life

16. Bio-Medical Ethics
17, Introduction to Novitiate, Novitiate – Canon Law,
18. Eco- Spirituality
19. Prayer and Discernment
20. Examen, meditation, Johari window
21. Scripture

They regularly visit families in the neighborhood on Sunday evenings as part of their apostolate.

  1. Every morning they have 45 minutes of Yoga
  2. Evenings they play games like badminton and basket ball
  3. They are also encouraged to do gardening to be in touch with mother earth and to develop love for nature.
  4. Every evening they prepare the next day’s liturgy and also learn about the saint whose feast is celebrated each day.