“Formation is primarily the work of the Holy Spirit to whom we respond with docility and with all our energies. VC.14

Initial formation: Regularly vocation camps are organized by different dioceses for high and higher secondary school students. Thereafter they are followed up in their families who have desire to join sisters of charity. At the completion of class X examination they are brought together during holidays (language wise in different communities). After wards girls who passed Class ten and twelve are brought together in one community. During this period they are taught prayers, catechism, English, saints’ life, music, and computer etc. If they are found fit for period of orientation they are sent to Chabua – Maria Bhavan, training centre.

Period of orientation: is a time of integral formation for the young candidates. A sister who is prepared for it accompanies the candidates. The time of candidature lasts for ten months. During this time greater attention is given to consolidate their faith formation. They are taught to pray, to understand the Gospels, to know the meaning of vocation to religious life and to learn to live together with persons from various states, culture, languages and background. They also deepened the study of English. Besides they are helped to develop their talents for music, singing, sewing, gardening, cooking etc. They are given exposure to the various apostolates. At the end of this period they return home for a month.


Postulancy:

On their return from home the candidates are admitted to the next step –“Postulancy”. This training period lasts for 14 months and it is spend in the apostolic communities. Postualnts are formed into smaller groups and are entrusted to the care of the superiors of the communities.




Novitiate:

The postulants are brought together to the novitiate for two months of immediate preparation. The novitiate training lasts for two years and the trainee is called a novice. Novitiate is modeled after the hidden life of Jesus. Here they are introduced to a deeper knowledge and intimacy with Jesus, acquire the spirit of the Institute, enables to make a right choice of life and live up to it by study of the Bible and the Rule of life etc. Novices are introduced to various types of programmes personal and communitarian.



Juniorate:

The novices who at the completion of their two years training make their temporary profession and receive the holy dress are called junior sisters. These years of formation leading to the Final commitment is called juniorate. These sisters are inserted in apostolic communities either preparing themselves professionally or actively involved in the apostolate. They are given ample opportunities for growth in prayer and conforming themselves to Christ the Redeemer and living His form of life in the evangelical counsels.

Final commitment: The junior sisters who successfully complete their period of juniorate discern to make their total commitment to the Lord. They undergo a four months of intense preparations termed as “Tertianship” and at the end of which they take their final vows.

On going formation: Every sister makes good use of the means that are normally available for ongoing formation and to remain faithful to her vocation and mission. Cs.88.

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