Formation is the term used to describe the various levels an aspirant must complete on his way to the Profession of Final Vows within a religious order and ordination to the priesthood or brotherhood.
After initial contact and visits to the community, and with a sincere attraction to our lifestyle and charism, one can begin the application process. This requires a life experience questionnaire, personal and sacramental documents, psychological evaluation and a physical exam. An aspirant must be between the ages of 18 and 45. All aspirants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be a USA citizen or have permanent residence status (Green Card).
POSTULANCY is the first level in religious life and it is a period for both the newly accepted candidate and the religious community to learn more about each other. A Postulant is required to live at the formation house and share in our daily life. A minimum of six months is required before acceptance into the Novitiate.
NOVITIATE The period of novitiate is a year and it is a time for a Novice to enter a period of deeper study of the life he has chosen and immersion in the Charism of the congregation.
PROFESSION If a Novice has grown in his belief that he has a distinct calling as a Missionary of the Sacred Hearts, and has been deemed acceptable by the community, he will make a profession of vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and perserverance and receive the religious habit. Temporary vows are renewed for three years. Perpetual vows can then be professed.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS for ordination to the priesthood involve studies in philosophy and theology culminating in a MA or M.Divinity degree. Our seminarians study at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD and reside at our House of Studies in Fairfield, PA.