POSTULANCY

What is Postulancy?

This is an important and gradual stage of transition, and an immediate preparation for Novitiate.  Acceptance into the Postulancy presumes the judgment that the candidate has shown a steadfast purpose in her desire for religious life, and evidence of being gifted for this life. During this stage, there is no legal commitment with the Congregation.

 

Aim

  • The Aim of Postulancy is the continuing discernment of the authenticity of the call from God to Jesus and Mary, and the nourishing of a personal and generous response. 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.

The Core values in Postulancy

  1. Experience of God and the Charism
  2. Growth of the Human Person
  3. Reality of the World
  4. Ignatian Spirituality
The Means and Programe

The means and Program for Postulancy

The program of Postulancy is structured in view of internalizing the core values in a manner appropriate to this stage.

They are exposed to various classes in the Postulancy:

  • Orientation and Motivation to religious life
  • English classes
  • Introduction and meaning of Postulancy
  • Basic Catechism
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Workshops in Psychology that foster self knowledge, affective and sexual maturity, personal and community relationships.
  • Studies in ecology that foster a care for life and the earth
  • Consecrated Life
  • Life of the Foundress St. Claudine Thevenet and the charism of the Congregation
  • Life of Blessed Dina Belanger
  • Preparation for Mission Experience
  • Mission Experience
  • Life of Saints – self-study, presentations
  • Ignatian Apostolic Spirituality
    • Life of St. Ignatius
    • Preparation for the retreat
    • Prayer and Discernment
    • Examen, meditation, integration day

Preparation for the Novitiate

  • They regularly visit families on Sunday evenings as part of their apostolate.
  • Every morning they have 30 minutes of Yoga.
  • Evenings they play games like badminton, throwball and basket ball.
  • They are also encouraged to do gardening to be in touch with mother earth and to develop love for nature.
  • Every evening they prepare the next day’s liturgy and also learn about the saint whose feast is celebrated.