The Novitiate Year

The period of the candidate’s contact with the members of the Institute, designated by the Superior General is his time of postulancy. This is the time where he will be informed of our life and charism, and also the obligations of the novitiate.  This period before his admittance into the novitiate is not fixed, but it depends on the level of the candidate’s Christian and human maturity. However, it shall not exceed for more than two years.

Then comes the one-year period of novitiate. Life in the Institute begins here. During the novitiate the novices are to experience the manner of life of the Institute and form their minds and hearts in its spirit. At the same time their resolution and suitability are to be tested.

The Call of Matthew by Carravaggio. Jesus passed by, looked at him [St. Matthew] and said: “Follow me”. He couldn’t believe it. It you have the opportunity, see Caravaggio’s picture of him. The day when Matthew left home for work, saying goodbye to his wife, he couldn’t imagine he would come home without money and have to prepare a feast for the one who loved him first. -Pope Francis

In this period, the candidate is introduced into our way of life with the spiritual formation given the first place. The candidate also starts his intellectual formation so that he may pursue for further studies once he enters the Major Seminary. Integral to his formation, they are allowed to have pastoral experiences, especially those of missionary kind, carried out according to the proper charism of the Institute.

In this period, the candidate is introduced into our way of life with the spiritual formation given the first place. The candidate also starts his intellectual formation so that he may pursue for further studies once he enters the Major Seminary. Integral to his formation, they are allowed to have pastoral experiences, especially those of missionary kind, carried out according to the proper charism of the Institute.

In the novitiate spiritual formation must prevail. It is also here that intellectual formation for the novices takes place to pursue further studies. However, pastoral experiences, especially those of the missionary kind, can also be carried out according to the proper charism of the Institute.

After a period of proof, the candidate receives his religious habit, a sign of his consecration and a witness to his poverty.

If you consider living a religious life, consecrated to God with vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, with total slavery to our Blessed Mother and dedicate yourself to the missionary adventures, you may contact the IVE Vocation Director in the Philippines.

Contact the Vocation Director