to your family how the decision toenter a community usually involvesextensive reviews, recommendations,interviews, and psychological andphysical health examinations, amongother things. Also, in a typical religious community several people takepart in this decision.
Talk to your family about the
steps of initial formation in a
Such steps are often called postulancy, novitiate, and formation intemporary vows. While religiouscommunities vary on how long apostulancy lasts, the novitiate mustlast at least one year according tochurch law. Temporary vows mustlast at least three years before afinal profession of vows takes place.
Therefore a definitive commitmentin final profession cannot occurbefore at least four years after yourentrance. For some religious communities, the formation before finalprofession is considerably longer,and communities of priests will haveperiods of time after final vows andbefore ordination to the diaconateand priesthood.
Just entering a religious community does not mean that everything
Let your parentsand other familymembers see thatyour answer to God’scall is precisely for thereason of happiness.
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tion than so many other ways ofliving the Christian faith.
Describe the details of the
application process, which may
allay some of their fears.
Explain to parents and family mem-
bers what you know. The church
and religious communities have
all sorts of conditions that ensure
there’s a time for waiting before
entrance and years of time before
any definitive decision is made. A
religious community should not be
too eager to welcome someone into
their company, and a hasty entrance
often makes for a hasty exit. Explain
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