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Santhidham Province, Ghaziabad

FORMATION

“… you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator” (Col 3: 9-10)

Christ calls His disciples, forms them into a community and prepares them to be with Him constantly and to continue His mission in the world even today (cf. Mk 3:14). The term formation derives from the Latin word, formare means to mould. It refers to forming what is malleable- to give shape- like a sculpture with a piece of marble. It can also be used in the field of religious formation that has education, instruction, learning or training as important formative activities.

Religious formation is the process that helps one to become a disciple of Christ, gradually identify with the attitude of Christ (cf. Phil 2:5) and grow in union with Him. The primary purpose of religious formation is to initiate the candidates into religious life, to prepare them to consecrate themselves totally to God and to enable the professed young religious to discover, assimilate and to deepen in them their religious identity.

The objective of the religious formation of the Sisters of the Destitute is to make the candidate competent and determined to be configured with Christ the Destitute who, being obedient unto death on the cross, revealed the compassionate love of God the Father in its fullness and to serve Him by seeing Him in all, especially the poor.

Our formation is Christ-centred, person-oriented and integral, taking into account the specific charism of our Congregation, our spirituality, the signs of the times and the specificity of the culture.

FORMATION PERIODS

Pre- Novitiate

Candidacy – 4 months – 2 years including +2 studies.

Aspirancy – 1 Year.

Postulancy – 1½ Years.

Novitiate – 2 Years