Do you feel God is calling you to a consecrated life in Catholic Church? Do you feel attracted to Passionists Community Life?…If so, what are waiting for?
The primary objective of Passionists Formation is to prepare people for the Total Consecration of themselves to God in the following of Christ, at the service of the Church’s Mission. … It is to help people to take personal responsibility for maturing in inner freedom, openness to the Spirit and in their call to mission.
Passionists formation is a path of a gradual identification with the attitudes of Christ towards his Father and his people (The Consecrated Life n. 65ff).
The Initial Stage of Formation for Passionists life and ministry are Residency and Postulancy. This is a time of sharing life in a Passionists Communities, and participating in all aspects of that communities. The Postulancy experience starts at our Passionists Community in Molo; Nakuru Diocese Kenya, where Candidates participate in the daily prayer life of the community, engage in ministry in the local area, and take classes that prepare them for later Philosophical & theological Formation, currently taken at Spiritan Missionaries Institute of Philosophy Affiliated to the Catholic University of Eastern Africa; Arusha Tanzania. They learn about Passionists life through the input of formation directors, and they continue to discern their vocation under the guidance of a spiritual director.
The Duration of the Pre-Novitiate experience is usually 4 years. After 1 year in Molo. Postulants heading for priesthood advance to study philosophy for 3 years in Tanzania at Spiritan Missionaries Institute of Philosophy in Arusha. Candidates for brotherhood remain back to pursue other relevant courses at the local Universities and Colleges as part of Pre-Novitiate experience, whereby, they will again meet at Novitiate together with their other classmates.
Passionists Novitiate is a One-Year experience of Prayer life in the Novitiate Community and focused study of the Passionists’ Charism. The Novitiate is currently located in Molo, Diocese of Nakuru, Nakuru County. Novices pursue in-depth study of the Passionists Rule of Life. This study includes Reflection on the three traditional vows (Evangelical Councils) of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, as well as the distinctive fourth vow that Passionists make. This fourth vow commits a Passionists to keep the memory of the passion of Jesus in our hearts and to promote that memory in the hearts and minds of the people we serve.
At the beginning of the Novitiate Year, candidates are clothed in the Black Habit of the Passionists, which symbolizes the ever Repentance Spirit of a Passionists as Black is a sign of Mourning. Mother Mary appeared to our Founder in a vision dressed in the Black habit and mandated St. Paul to (…found a Congregation of brethren and sisters that will help me mourn my Son). Upon completion of the Novitiate, if they so choose, they make temporary vows to the Passionists Congregation and receive the Passionists Sign/Badge/Insignia. This Insignia is the Heart Shape with white writings, that means, all those wearing it should try to let their hearts remain pure as white as the colour of the emblem.
Passionists students for priesthood continue their initial formation at Tangaza University College in Nairobi, a school of theology and ministry where candidates from many religious communities of men and women, as well as lay students, engage in formation for ministry in the Church. Candidates who wish to pursue priestly ministry are enrolled in the degree program.
After three years in temporary vows, Passionists students are eligible to request perpetual vows. Candidates for the priesthood are ordained to the diaconate after they make their perpetual vows and then to the priesthood after their service as a deacon.
After final profession for brothers, and after ordination for priests, the Regional Superior assigns them to a particular community and ministry.
These are the stages of initial formation as a Passionists. Formation for Passionists life is actually a life-long enterprise that involves integrating prayer, study, community, and ministry. Ours is a very rewarding life of communion with God, service to others, and fraternal support in a community of gifted and dedicated men.
Passionists Vice Province of St. Charles Lwanga
P.O BOX 15122 – 00509 Nairobi, Kenya