“It is a big business to form men to Christian perfection, to make them true religious, capable of contributing to the salvation of our neighbour..” LPLP 467
The training is donein several stages. One does not commit oneself definitively to religious life without a maturation and formation time. A big deal cannot be done in a short time.
Also, he who feels called to religious life within the Congregation of the Religious of Saint Vincent de Paul, will go through several stages that will allow him to deepen the charism proper to our little family. At the same time, he and his future brothers will get to know each other better. Fraternal life is one of the points that was dear to the heart of our Founder, Father JL Le Prevost: “We must tend to always put our work, our feelings, our life in common, so that the bond of true charity does not slacken between us. (LPLP 456)
Then, the young person who feels the call to engage in religious life will go through several stages with a progressive commitment :
As its name suggests, it is a time of observation during which “we met” , there is no official commitment. This period lasts more or less long depending on the candidate. He is helped by a spiritual guide. When he is ready, he can ask to go to the next step.
The young person who makes the request is admitted by the Provincial to the postulancy. He is invited to deepen and intensify the formation previously received. He is gradually introduced to all aspects of our religious life:
community life, prayer life and apostolic life in the specificity of the RSV: the collaboration of the Brother and the Father. After the necessary time, if he feels ready, the young postulant asks to enter the Novitiate.
It is already a first step towards commitment even if the candidate for religious life, as well as the Congregation, are still completely free.
The Novitiate lasts one year; it is an extended desert time to facilitate personal encounter with God in contemplation. It is also a time of formation in community religious life and in the charism of our Congregation. At the end of the Novitiate the candidate is invited to apply for temporary religious profession. It is generally at this stage that the candidate for religious life makes the choice, enlightened by his formators and his spiritual guide, if he wishes to become a lay brother (like Clément Myionnet, Maurice Maignen and so many others after them ) or an ecclesiastical brother (future priest).
It is the time of preparation necessary for religious profession where the young professed, wishing to respond to the call of Christ and follow him in the way of the Evangelical Counsels, gives himself to God and makes the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience* .
Always with great concern for prudence and truth, the young person who is about to make religious profession is invited to commit himself for three years but with all his heart with the desire to commit himself for his whole life..
* According to the formula of religious profession
Through religious profession, the young man becomes religious. He continues his spiritual and intellectual formation.
The training is adapted for everyone, in particular according to the choice of their status (brother or father).
After at least three years of religious life (temporary vows can be renewed at the request of the candidate or the Congregation), the young religious is admitted to perpetual religious profession. He then commits himself for life to the path of the Evangelical Counsels: chastity, poverty and obedience.
The lay brother is then sent on mission by his Provincial to a House of Work and the ecclesiastical brother can then be ordained deacon with a view to the priesthood, he completes his theological training and is ordained a priest, generally the following year.
We have 27 scholastics, 9 novices, 15 postulants, iThere is reason to give thanks to God for these vocations. Because, as we well know, the great poverty of the Church is the lack of vocations.
It is not only up to us to welcome them, but above all to take care of them. Their training is expensive., we know it. We need your financial support …
Thank you for your generosity !