The plan of studies for the novitiate takes into account what is required of novices in the universal law of the Church and in our own law, as well as the guidelines of the General Assembly of Costa Rica.
THE NOVITIATE AND FIRST PROFESSION
45. “The novitiate, by which life in the institute begins, is ordered to this, that the novices better recognize their divine vocation and one which is, moreover, proper to the institute; that they experience the institute’s manner of living; that they be formed in mind and heart by its spirit; and that their intention and suitability be tested.”
THE NOVICES AND THE NOVICEMASTER
Article 1. The Novices
1. The aim of the novitiate is to initiate the candidates into an experience of following Jesus according to the Claretian charism, so that both the Congregation and the candidates may discern whether the latter have truly been called and may hence proceed to be incorporated into the Congregation. (more…)
Chapter X THE NOVICES AND THE NOVICEMASTER
61. Since the novices are preparing for profession in our Congregation, they should take care to lay the foundations for a missionary life, acquire a knowledge of its main elements and begin to practice the evangelical counsels. For this reason they should cling wholeheartedly to Christ our Lord, especially in the mystery of the Eucharist, since they are planning to share in his life and ministry. Let them take the Blessed Virgin Mary, the first disciple of Christ, as their Mother and Teacher.
THE ADMISSION OF CANDIDATES AND THE FORMATION OF MEMBERS
Art. 1. ADMISSION TO THE NOVITIATE
Can. 641 The right to admit candidates to the novitiate belongs to major superiors according to the norm of proper law. (more…)
(Formative tips for the stages of postulancy and novitiate presented in in the meeting of superior Generals in Rome in 2006 by Fr. EDWARD MERCIECA, S.J)
From the learning of a new style of Life – to an affective reorientation of Life in faith with Christ
Soon a novice will understand that this is a new and different style of Life. This is a new culture – in religious life – which touches all dimensions of life and which at first makes one feel rather lost: language, habits, daily rhythms, and personal relationships, all invite to a new perception of realities and a proper conduct that follows. Little by little one discovers the “ideal way” of reacting to work, rest and prayer. Many attitudes and conduct which one day will be personalized and assimilated, are at this very first phase of religious life rather in an external imitation stage, where “what will they say?” and “how do they perceive me?” are important questions. Daily living and time impregnate that “familial ecology”, fruit of the congregation’s charism. A new/different value system is being integrated by the novice, followed by a set of behaviours and a way of proceeding typical of religious. The young person’s sensitivity to stimuli and impatience, make the postulant/novice sometimes rather uncomfortable.