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.

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Directives on Formation - Holy See on Novitiate

jesus-disciples1THE NOVITIATE AND FIRST PROFESSION

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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."[1]

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Claretian Directory on Novitiate

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.

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Claretian Constitutions on Novitiate

mary and a studentChapter 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.[1]

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STAGES OF FORMATION

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