SNDS FORMATION IN CONSECRATED LIFE
Consecrated life is the fullness of Christian faith and baptismal consecration. This aspect of formation should enable the candidate to discern her vocation and, acquiring knowledge about the promises. Through formation in consecrated life candidates are dedicated totally to God’s Word, and altogether available at the service of the Church and humanity at large. The purpose of this training is to achieve mental power, self-discipline, the ability to take a well-balanced decision and to evaluate rightly people and events.
Call to consecrated life is undoubtedly God’s gift. It demands the co-operation of the person called as well as that of the whole Society. The important ways to encourage our vocation are prayer, penance, prudent spiritual guidance, the formation based on the faith received from the Christian community, etc.
Selection of Candidates for Consecrated Life
Candidates are selected, according to their motive, age, family background, physical, mental and spiritual suitability, etc. In order to be admitted into our Society, a candidate must have a genuine motive, signs of a true vocation, personality traits suited for consecrated life, and freedom from legal impediments
Those who desire to join this community must have passed Plus Two or equivalent; they must also have good health and character and freedom to be a member of a consecrated community. When they come to join, they must bring the following certificates:
Baptism, confirmation certificate
Character certificate (from the Vicar)
Certificate of merits of studies
Character certificate from the authority either of the school the candidate studied in or of the institution she served.
Health certificate according to the manner prescribed by the Society
Various Stages of our Formation
During this period candidates are to get primary and necessary formation in Christian virtues, the Importance of prayer, Good manners, Knowledge about our society, Learn Language, consecrated life, etc. The period of aspirancy begins only after come and see the program. During this period they will see and observe our services Duration of aspirancy is one year.
During postulancy a gradual transition is experienced from the state of lay life to consecrated life. This is the time for the postulants to think more deeply about their call into our Society and make their decision firm and strong. As per the prescribed syllabus, classes shall be given to the postulants in Etiquette, Human and Christian values, Spiritual life, Personality Development, Sacraments, Formation of conscience, Liturgy, Bible, and Brief history of the Society.
In aspirancy and postulancy, necessary training shall be given in handicrafts, cooking, music, reception of guests, and family visits. Give Formation in doing simple things with great love is also to be practiced. Fixed times shall be utilized for manual labor in the morning and in the evening. Indoor and outdoor games are also to be played in their leisure time which may then to grow physical, mental, and social wellbeing.
Novitiate is the most important stage of religious formation in consecrated life in our Society. The Novitiate lasts two years; the first year is canonical novitiate. During the first year of novitiate, the novice is introduced into the mysteries of consecrated life, Their Vocation, Personal Formation, Sacred Scriptures, etc, She is taught the responsibilities of the promises to be taken in the Society and her aptitude for such a life is tested. She must deepen her spiritual experience by way of liturgical and personal prayer. Evangelical virtues are taught most clearly and observance of silence is taught with great importance. They are not allowed any visitors except once.
In the Second year, novitiate more opportunities are being given to growing in prayer in the midst of activities, spiritual vigor, deepening her call, family visits, moral dimensions, management& leadership, etc, By engaging them in activities helpful for the formation and are in the true spirit of the Society. They are sent to different communities for 2 months each to experience the service and various spiritual and social activities. In the second year, they are allowed visitors once a month, preferably Sundays.
The newly professed religious who have completed the novitiate shall receive the special uniform of the Society and then make their profession for one year. On making their profession, their baptismal name and surname are added (House name) to their good (first) name and from then onwards they are known officially by this name.