STAGES OF FORMATION
The Institute of Contemplative Evangelizers of the Heart of Christ has the following key important stages of formation:
- Discernment Year
- Ongoing Formation
- 1 Year of Discernment
- 3 Years of Philosophy
- 2 Years of Noviatiate
- 4 Years of Theology
- On-going Formation throughout one's life.
- V. Rector
- Spiritual Director
- Financial Administrator
- Novice Master
- Assistant Novice Master
- Financial Administrator
- Nakuru Diocese
- Nairobi Arch-Diocese
- 1 Year of Discernment
- 2 Years of Noviriate
- Scholasticate which comprises of 3 Years of Philosophy and 4 Years of Theology.
The Description of these Stages are as follows:
1. Aspirancy & Postulancy
The specific qualities we require in our aspirants are these: clear tendency to prayer; spirit of sacrifice especially about poverty, chastity and obedience; peaceful living together in the community; constant fulfillment of one’s duties; apostolate. As a rule, the candidates should be endowed with an intelligence that is rather above average; with a sensible and well-balanced temperament; with a sound equilibrium of emotions. To train good aspirants for a long time; we foster minor seminaries in our institute.
We accept candidates after their primary education; after senior secondary education. We accept also “adult vocations”, i.e. Youth over 18 years, who could not do regular studies after their primary course. These candidates are to be very good, clever, with some practice of apostolate. Our minor seminaries are to have their own “Rule”, approved by the Major Superior; this rule has to contain basic norms about “prayers”, study, work, and holidays. This rule is to be frequently explained and insisted upon. Our method of formation of our aspirants is to be the preventive method of St. John Bosco, i.e. continuous, fraternal encouraging presence of the formators among the aspirants, as their true Fathers and Brothers.
We gradually train our aspirants to practice spiritual direction, particularly during the last two years of their aspirancy. Human training, spiritual formation, moral education and doctrinal instruction are to be harmoniously blended; with priority given to the life of prayer, on account of our contemplative vocation. A candidate can be admitted to postulancy, when his human, moral, spiritual and intellectual gifts, as well as his physical and psychological health and right intention, show that he is capable of a serious preparation for the novitiate. Candidates who do Philosophy in our institute are admitted to postulancy towards the end of Philosophy II. Candidates who finish the Philosophical course outside the institute; and candidates to brotherhood have to do at least six months of aspirancy-postulancy.
Our novitiate lasts two years. The novitiate is the immediate preparation to take the vows freely, knowingly, lovingly, according to our constitutions. It is the initiation into our specific life of Contemplative Evangelizers of the Heart of Christ. The purpose of the novitiate, by which the life in our institute begins, is to give the novices a greater understanding of their divine vocation to Christian life, to religious life, to Contemplative Evangelizing life in our institute. (cf. Can. 646). During the novitiate our novices are to experience both our contemplative and our apostolic life; they have to form their minds and hearts and character in the spirit of our institute. At the same time, their resolution and suitability are to be tested. (cf. Can. 646), (Constitution, art. 201, 202).
After the first profession, the formation of all members is to be completed. A unitary inspiration during formation is very important for keeping the identity and the spirit of the institute; all our temporal professed are gathered and formed in the same centers of formation. These centers may be located in different places for different stages of formation (e.g. for philosophy, for theology), if the great number of the members requires such distribution. A specifically pastoral formation is to be given to our temporal professed; they are to learn the principles and the techniques, which are relevant to the ministry of teaching, sanctifying and ruling the people of God (Can. 255), particularly in relation to our specific apostolate.
4. Ongoing Formation
The on-going formation has to assist us in verifying and confirming our deep-rooted dispositions in relation to our Christian, religious, contemplative, evangelizing vocation; on-going formation has to assist us in adapting structures and programmes to the demands of people and of the Church. Our continuous renewal and progress is to be concerned first of all with our own union with God; with our contemplative prayer; with our openness, availability and authenticity. Our on-going formation is to be concerned with our progressive competence in our specific apostolate of preaching, of administering the sacrament of penance, of doing spiritual direction, of celebrating the Eucharist, the divine office, of teaching people how to pray.