Stages of Formation
1. Aspirancy and Postulancy
Based in Davao City, these two stages involve:
- living in a Marist community
- prayer and reflection
- college-level study of philosophy
- experience of Marist ministries
Depending on previous experience and qualifications, this period takes 3-5 years.
This year of formation is given over to deep, personal reflection and immersion in Marist spirituality. It is also an intense experience of community life with other novices from several different countries. The International English-speaking Novitiate is in Eden, Toril, Davao City.
At the end of novitiate, a person officially becomes a Marist by professing the three temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
4. Theological Studies
Marists who intend to become priests continue their programme of formation at the International Scholasticate in Rome, studying theology for 3-4 years.
5. Perpetual Profession
After a minimum period of three years, the temporarily professed Marist makes his Perpetual – life-long – Profession of vows.
6. Marist Mission Experience
Formation is not all about study. As well as part-time involvement in ministry throughout their formation programme, Marists have a full-time mission experience, usually for one year.
When all stages of Initial Formation have been completed, candidates for the priesthood may be called to ordination – first as a deacon, then as a priest.