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Formation Process

FOR PRIESTHOOD CANDIDATES

First Year

Upon admission into the Initial Formation program the first year candidates participate in a “spiritual” or “novitiate” year. They gain familiarity with the literature of spirituality; they participate actively in pastoral ministry; they consult regularly with a spiritual director; they join other novices in the Chicago vicinity one day a week for topics of interest; and they follow a special schedule of prayer and Maryknoll history sessions with their formation director. Each year a candidate’s progress is monitored by mentors on an Advancement Board who recommend him to the Superior General for the next step on his path to becoming a temporary member, and finally a permanent member, of Maryknoll.


Second Year and Third year

hill44During the second and third years of formation, Maryknoll candidates spend two years in the Overseas Training Program (OTP). In this program they live and minister in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The program involves language learning, pastoral ministry with other priests and brothers, and a program of supervised learning.

Forth and Fifth Years

Graduate students begin their theology curriculum at CTU.  Brother candidates pursue the education that suits their interest and aptitudes for contributing to mission work. All continue to learn by community living, pastoral ministry, and reflection on topics of interest.  During these years of formation, there is a focus on more in-depth theology at CTU in the Masters of Divinity degree program for priesthood candidates. The brotherhood candidates continue with course work suited to their development as discerned together with his formation director. A candidate may make a request to the Superior General of Maryknoll to make a temporary (one year) after each year.  Oath to Maryknoll at the end of each year of formation.  An Advancement Board contributes its recommendations also for the Superior General to consider.

Sixth Year

During the sixth year of formation, candidates continue their theological or other curriculum of studies, but with added awareness of themselves as growing persons and ministers. In this year a candidate can request to take the major steps of Permanent Oath to Maryknoll, and if a priesthood candidate, to diaconate ordination.  The Superior General looks for Advancement Board support in these major steps.

Seventh Year

During the seventh year, priesthood candidates complete their Masters of Divinity program at CTU and are eligible for ordination and a mission assignment.

FOR BROTHER CANDIDATES

Brother candidates attend the Formation Program at the Maryknoll Formation house in Chicago Illinois.  Since Maryknoll Brothers bring a wide range of talents to mission work, tenhoopenthey follow a more flexible course of education requiring a minimum of 24 credits in religion or theology but also the option of the graduate MDiv degree.  The training for a brother candidate is designed to develop his interests, talents and language skills for insertion into mission apostolates.    Normally a Brother candidate is in training for six years prior to his mission assignment.

In Chicago, the Initial Formation Program includes academic requirements and skills training for pastoral ministry which enhances a candidate's personal desire to reach out to others in cross-cultural mission apostolates.  Brother candidates Attend Catholic Theological Union and earn 24 credits in theology.  They also develop individual aptitudes for contributing to mission work.

Founded in 1968, the Catholic Theological Union is the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the United States.  Students, seminarians and Brother candidates from 32 different congregations and religious societies receive their formal education and training for ministry and mission at this school.

Pastoral care at hospitals and homeless shelters is integrated with work in the classroom.   With supervision, a Brother candidate learns to grow in a way that will serve him for a lifetime of ongoing education.  He will learn to listen, to access spiritual needs, and to offer a healing presence – towards himself first and then towards others in ministry.  The personal foundation for all aspects of his formation is a constant conscious friendship with Christ which is fostered in a community of Maryknollers who live and grow in maturity together. 

 

First Year

Upon admission into the Initial Formation program the first year Brother candidate participates in a “spiritual” or “novitiate” year.  During this year he gains familiarity with the literature of spirituality; participates actively in pastoral ministry; consults regularly with a spiritual director; joins other novices in the Chicago vicinity one day a week for topics of interest; and follows a special schedule of prayer and Maryknoll history sessions with his formation director.  Each year a candidate’s progress is monitored by mentors on an Advancement Board who recommend him for his first temporary oath to the Superior General as the next step on his path to becoming a temporary member, and finally a permanent member, of Maryknoll.  

Second Year & Third Year

ryan1At the end of the spiritual year all Maryknoll candidates spend two years in the Overseas Training Program (OTP).  In this program they live and minister in East Africa, Cambodia, Bolivia or another site where Maryknollers are active in mission work.  It involves language learning, pastoral ministry with other Priests and Brothers, and a program of supervised learning. 

Fourth & Fifth Years

Back from overseas, and in Chicago again, candidates return to the formation community and begin their theological or other curriculum of studies, but with added awareness of themselves as growing persons and ministers.  Brother candidates pursue the education that suits their interest and aptitudes for contributing to mission work.  All continue to learn by community living, pastoral ministry, and reflection on topics of interest.

Sixth Year

In this year a candidate can request to take the major step of Permanent Oath to Maryknoll.  The Superior General looks for Advancement Board support in this major step.  After Permanent Oath, a Brother candidate receives a mission assignment overseas

 

 





 
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