THOUGHT FOR TODAY BY
ST. ANTHONY ZACCARIA
If through perfect humility you will be able to know objec tively yourself, only then will you be.
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Bethlehem, PA 18020
The Phases of Formation
PHILOSOPHY OF FORMATION
Our Barnabite formation is a continual process beginning with postulancy and extending through solemn profession and ordination.It begins with a gradual insertion into our community through personal interaction and the development of one's gifts. The formation program provides opportunities for growth in the areas of prayer, personal responsibility, service, and education.The program requires a collaborative effort on the part of those who form and those who are formed.Therefore, the goal of our formation program aims at the integrated development of the whole person with his various components: personal, spiritual, apostolic, academic, social.
At the end of the novitiate, the novice is admitted to the first profession. The profession of vows is a public and official act of religion by which the novice commits himself to live his own baptismal consecration through the practice of the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience in our family at the service of the Church (Constitutions, 149). Through the first profession the novice becomes an official member of the Congregation (Constitutions, 151).
FORMATION OF THE PROFESSED
The aim of the period following the novitiate is to develop, strengthen, and complete the formation of the religious in its spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral aspects in order to achieve full Christian and human maturity. It constitutes the period of initial experience of fidelity to the commitments undertaken, and a verification of one's personal dedication to God and the Church in the Congregation (Constitutions, 157).
Solemn profession is the final and public act of consecration of the religious to God and the Church in our Congregation (Constitutions, 162). Ordinarily the solemnly professed enjoy active and passive voice (Constitutions, 163). Solemn profession must be preceded by a three-year period of temporary vows (Constitutions, 165). On the occasion of solemn profession, the religious must renounce ownership of all his temporal goods, disposing of them with complete freedom (Constitutions, 168).
The professed candidate to the priesthood enters a theological seminary selected by the Provincial Superior. The theology program ordinarily lasts four to five years. During his study of theology the candidate will receive minor orders, the ministries of lector and acolyte. Before a priesthood candidate can be ordained a deacon, he must be solemnly professed (see no. 6). The diaconate is the next step toward priestly ordination. A deacon is an ordained minister of the Church. He can administer the sacrament of baptism, officiate at weddings and funerals, proclaim the gospel at public assemblies and preach. The Barnabite diaconate normally lasts for one year and the deacon is assigned to a parish where he will exercise his ministry. Finally, the Barnabite cleric is ordained to the priesthood. He can now preside at the Eucharist, anoint the sick, and reconcile people with God in the sacrament of penance.
Upon completion of the formative curriculum, every Barnabite will keep himself open to an ongoing interior renewal (Constitutions, 171).
For further information about our Formation Program and the Barnabites contact:
1023 Swann Road
Youngstown, NY 14174
4301 Hecktown Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
San Diego, CA 92101
Rev. Louis M. Lenssen, CRSP
Saint James Parish
6231 Morden Road
Oakville, ON L6K 2S2, Canada