To be able to live out our spirituality and fulfill the mission, we go through a specific and integral formation. This refers to the journey of discipleship which is a gradual and ongoing process that aims to arrive at a deeper maturity of “life in Christ” and a deeper commitment to his mission of bringing God’s care and compassion to all. It involves various stages and engages the whole person: physical, psychological and spiritual.
All this in order to build together the “community in mission” while the person continues to grow in her sense of belongingness to Christ and in her commitment to the specific PDDM mission in the Church.
- Vocational Discernment: the period whereby the person becomes aware of being called to the consecrated life.
- Postulancy: period of deepening the call of God and of knowing the PDDM Congregation better.
- Novitiate: the time when the novice studies the deeper significance of consecrated life and experiences the community life and mission of the Institute. This is followed by the profession of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience according to the PDDM Rule of Life.
- Juniorate: the stage of further deepening of consecrated life whereby priority is given to the integration of one’s spiritual, intellectual and apostolic experience up to the point when the person is ready to make the perpetual vows.