Formation
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Vocation Ministry:

Goal:
  • To help the young women who are in search of their way of life to know God's will
  • To guide and train the aspirants who are interested to join the religious life.

Goals of the formation:
  • To deepen the spiritual life and to grow in personal relationship with God in prayer
  • To form the young as true disciples of Christ by their compassionate love and service.
  • To gain a holistic understanding of the evangelical counsels
  • To grow deeper into the charism and mission of the congregation
  • To develop human, spiritual and apostolic dimension of the young formees

Stages of formation: Pre - Candidacy, candidacy, pre-postulancy, postulancy, novitiate, first profession, juniorate, final profession, ongoing formation at 15 years, 25 years 35 years, 45 years and Golden Jubilee.

Pre-Candidacy:

The girls selected from the 'Come and See' program are given 9 months course to become candidates.

This is a period of two fold observation - The candidates observing the sisters closely and the sister in charge observing the candidates thoroughly. After an interview with the provincial team along with the in charges of pre candidates, the candidates who desire to become religious, if found fit by the sisters are admitted to candidacy.

Candidacy:

Selected candidates are sent for studies to different communities. The sisters in the communities take care of them and their needs. Once in a year they come together for a retreat. Time to time the candidate in-charge visits them.

Pre-Postulancy - Community and Mission Experience

After certain studies, the pre-postulants are called for a renewal program of six weeks before they are sent for community experience for nine months. They are integrated in the community activities. Superior takes care of them and other sisters support them in their spiritual exercises like meditation and spiritual reading and so on.

Postulancy:

It is a 'Nine Month Inter Province Program' conducted at Bangalore. The formees from Central and South Provinces are guided by two sisters belonging to both the provinces respectively.

Novitiate:

It is a combined novitiate for the novices of central and south province. Sisters who direct them belong to both the provinces. The duration is 22 months

Goal:
  • To confirm their religious vocation and to commit their lives in the service of humanity and to consecrate their lives to God.
  • To deepen the spirituality and charism of the congregation and to respond to the needs of the time generously
  • To understand, internalize and to practice the vows according to the evangelical counsels.
  • To develop an integrated life.

Formation in mission:

The special feature of the novitiate program is 3 months formation in mission in close proximity with the poor, one month hospital experience and two months community experience. The aim of the program is to get deeper mission experience of our congregation and the Church and to translate the experiences to their lives.

Juniorate:

The junior sisters are placed in different communities, engaged in different apostolate.

Duration: Six to nine years

Inter- province renewal programs:

During the juniorate first and second renewal programs are conducted for a month each. It is a combined program for the Central and the North East province.

Tertianship:

Before the final profession 5 to 6 months of intense preparation is offered to the junior sisters. It is an inter-province program. According to the decision of National Council, persons are allotted to conduct this program from different provinces.

Goal: To confirm their vocation and to become a permanent member of Holy Cross family.

On-going Formation:

An inter-Province program is conducted for those who complete 15, 25, 35, 40, 45, 50, years of profession.

Goals :
  • To help them integrate their spiritual, apostolic and social life.
  • To become grateful to God as they advance in their religious life.