“So…. How long does it take to become one of you guys?”
Initial Contact is made in many ways: Brochures, Retreats, S.E.R.V.E., DIALOGUE, Liguori Circle, Parishes, Parish Missions, Website
Follow-up includes these steps:
- Meet with Coordinator of Vocation Ministry.
- Fill out and return Initial Contact Form.
- After ongoing discussion with the Coordinator of Vocation Ministry, the Contact becomes an Inquirer.
- Continues to meet with the Coordinator of Vocation Ministry.
- Becomes associated with a local Redemptorist Community.
- Begins a mentor relationship with a member of that local community.
- Begins Spiritual Direction.
- May have an opportunity to do a Community Life-In Experience.
- Works towards preparing to make application to the Formation Program.
Before acceptance into the Redemptorist Formation Program, an Inquirer:
- Has comprehensive interviews with the Coordinator of Vocation Ministry
- Completes application forms.
- Participates in a psychological assessment.
- Has usually completed undergraduate studies
(Beginning of formal Formation Program)
- Lives in a Redemptorist Community (Redeemer House, Toronto), where he continues to learn, assess and mutually discern with the Formation Director.
- He tests out whether he feels at home with this life, and discovering where God is calling him.
- Continues Spiritual Direction.
- Gets to know the larger Redemptorist Community across Canada.
- May take courses, depending upon location, ministry of community, and educational background.
- Completes required Philosophy Studies.
- May begin to learn Spanish.
- Makes Application to Novitiate.
Novitiate (1 full year)
- A year of Retreat!
- An opportunity to discern more deeply the call to Redemptorist Life; education in Redemptorist History; and learning about the Vows.
- A time to grow in prayer and life in community.
- A time of preparation for 1st Vows / Temporary Profession
(Seminarian – at least 4 years)
- Begins or continues studies in Theology, working towards a Master of Divinity (M.Div)
- Lives in a Formation Community
- Continues for the next few years as a student, living in Community, working part time in ministry, developing prayer, affinity to community and seeking Spiritual Direction.
- Spends summers working in Canadian Redemptorist communities
- Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.)
- Pastoral Internship (for 1 Year)
- May learn Spanish
- Prepares for Final Vows
- Brother Candidates may take Theology or continue their areas of study for ministry as they prepare for Final Vows
Final Vows & Transition to Ministry
(normally 1 year)
- At an appropriate time, both Brothers and Ordination Candidates make Permanent Profession of Vows.
Following Permanent Profession:
- Brothers live in a local community, and serve in the ministry of that community or in the area of their expertise.
- Ordination Candidates are ordained Deacons and serve for a year, usually in parish ministry, while being mentored by a more experienced Redemptorist.
Ordination to Priesthood
- A Deacon is ordained priest either in his home parish, or in a local Redemptorist parish.
- A newly ordained Redemptorist priest is appointed to pastoral ministry in a Redemptorist Community.