Plan of Studies in the Novitiate

study2The 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.

    1. Introduction to the Novitiate

  • The novitiate: nature, objectives and presuppositions.
  • Exposition of the formation plan (contents and experiences).
  • The novice-novicemaster relationship.

    2. Vocation in the Church

        2.1. Introduction: calls and following

  • The figure of Jesus in the Gospels.
  • The mystery of Christ and of the Church.
  • Manifold calls and responses in the mystery of salvation.
  • Forms of life in the Church. Articulation between charisms and ministries.

        2.2. Religious vocation

  • Biblical-theological aspects of vocation.
  • Anthropology of vocation.
  • Psychopedagogy of vocation: motivations and attitudes.   

    3. The Claretian Religious Life

        3.1. The religious life as consecrated life

  • Biblical foundations of the religious life.
  • Brief history of the forms of religious life.
  • Essential elements of the religious life in a biblical, theological, Claretian and psychopedagogical perspective:
  • Vocation.
  • Consecration.
  • Evangelical counsels or “charisms” (poverty, chastity, obedience).
  • Following Christ.Charism.
  • Community.
  • Mission.

        3.2. The Claretian missionary life

  • The figure of our Father Founder, especially as seen through his Autobiography.
  • The Claretian charism and spirit: the charism in our Father Founder; the charism in the Congregation.
  • The Claretian missionary virtues.
  • The three ways of living the one Claretian vocation (priests, deacons, brothers), and the different institutions that make up the Claretian Family.   

    4. Introduction to the Spiritual Life

        4.1. Anthropological foundations of the spiritual life

  • The human person, open to God.
  • Human process and Christian realization.
    • “Spiritual experience” and personal dispositions.

        4.2. The newness of Christian existence

  • Jesus Christ, the New Man, reveals the mystery of God and of humankind.
  • Grace as the Father’s “unconditional love” manifested in Jesus Christ.
  • Human beings created in the image of God. Dignity of the person.
  • Sinful condition. Meaning and consequences.
    • The renewing action of the Spirit in the believer, in the Church and in the world.
    • Dynamics of the life of grace: the theological virtues.
    • Growth in the spiritual life: freedom, responsibility, discernment.

    5. Introduction to Liturgy

  • Nature of Liturgy and of the Church’s worship.
  • Liturgical year, the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Hours. Place in the Constitutions.
  • Practical questions on sharing in the Liturgy of the Eucharist and of the Hours.

    6. Introduction to Prayer

  • Biblical and theological foundations.
  • Prayer in the overall picture of the spiritual life.
  • Prayer in the Claretian charism.
  • Personal prayer and community prayer.
  • Methods and techniques of prayer and meditation (prayer with the Word, meditation).

    7. Introduction to Cordimarian Spirituality

  • Mary in the mystery of Christ and of the Church.
  • Marian elements in Christian spirituality.
  • Mary, model of consecrated womanhood.
  • Cordimarian spirituality: the Heart of Mary in the Claretian’s missionary life.
  • Updating expressions of Marian spirituality and means for intensifying it.

    8. Introduction to the Claretian Mission

  • The evangelizing Church.
  • The mission of religious in the Church.
  • The apostolic mission of the Claretian (MCT, CPR, SW).
  • Practical orientations for the apostolate.
  • Apprenticeship in some techniques of the apostolate.

    9. Special Themes in the Law

  • The outline of Appendix 2 can serve as a basic program.
  • It should be complemented with other elements, such as: CIC 662-672, 673-683 and 684-685, 686-687.

     10. Other Elements

  • Musical formation.
  • Manual skills, practical offices and domestic services
  • Other circumstantial themes that ought to be determined.

-Plan of studies given in the General Plan of Formation

 Some suggestions regarding methodology

Methodology that could be used

  • Active and participative method.
  • Yearly programming.
  • Seminars, workshops on themes
  • Personal project
  • Personal meeting with formator (at least once in two weeks recommended)
    • Complementary formation can be adequately channeled through commissions and departments of: liturgy, audiovisuals, music, culture, sports, library and others.
    • Courses organized by other institutions or inter-congregational novitiate programs are highly beneficial for formation.

 

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