Formation

Candidacy

Through a process of growing awareness of the call to follow Jesus in Salesian religious life, the young woman matures in her ability to answer God's call, in an ever more free and responsible way. This period of assessment and guidance, the foundations of the formative journey are established. This helps the young woman to assess her vocational choice and, through experience, to ensure that she possesses the qualities required to live Salesian life. After dialogue with the guide and the provincial, who is responsible for acceptance into the Institute, the young woman can begin the journey that will lead her to better clarify her motivations and make a more conscious decision.

Postulancy

The postulancy is a period of preparation for the novitiate. It is a preliminary stage, not merely one of transition. It has its own form and consistency within the formation journey, as a more structured and committed stage than the previous one. The formative process of this stage aims at ensuring a deeper vocational experience and takes a more explicitly charismatic form.

The postulancy is a period of preparation for the novitiate. It is a preliminary stage, not merely one of transition. It has its own form and consistency within the formation journey, as a more structured and committed stage than the previous one. The formative process of this stage aims at ensuring a deeper vocational experience and takes a more explicitly charismatic form.

Novitiate

During the novitiate the young woman learns what it means to live as an FMA in the spirit of the Covenant, following Christ according to the charismatic identity outlined in the Constitutions. With the help of the community and of the formator, the novice reaches a deeper awareness of the vocational experience of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, and internalizes Gospel and Salesian values, gained especially from the life-witness that she experiences.

The central experience for the young woman is that of following Jesus and of understanding its practical implications for her life. It involves a deep and transforming relationship with God, conforming herself to Christ, to the point of living and acting like Him, in docility to the Spirit. This implies making Christ the center of her life and devoting herself totally to His love.

Profession of Vows

After adequate discernment, and towards the end of the second year of novitiate, the Novice who desires to pronounce first vows makes a written application asking to be admitted to profession.

The years between first profession and the definitive yes to God are characterized by a new kind of life-plan. The temporary professed, now more directly involved in the educative mission, is called to be more autonomous and responsible. She develops a deeper conviction that consecrated life is characterized by the total gift of self to the God of the Covenant, in whom fidelity to the call is rooted.

The young FMA is called to take her life in hand and go beyond what is easy and familiar, to take the risk of autonomy. She gradually learns to entrust herself to the God who continues to accompany her through people and events. This period is crowned with Perpetual Profession.

Formation

Candidacy

Through a process of growing awareness of the call to follow Jesus in Salesian religious life, the young woman matures in her ability to answer God's call, in an ever more free and responsible way. This period of assessment and guidance, the foundations of the formative journey are established. This helps the young woman to assess her vocational choice and, through experience, to ensure that she possesses the qualities required to live Salesian life. After dialogue with the guide and the provincial, who is responsible for acceptance into the Institute, the young woman can begin the journey that will lead her to better clarify her motivations and make a more conscious decision.

Postulancy

The postulancy is a period of preparation for the novitiate. It is a preliminary stage, not merely one of transition. It has its own form and consistency within the formation journey, as a more structured and committed stage than the previous one. The formative process of this stage aims at ensuring a deeper vocational experience and takes a more explicitly charismatic form.

The postulancy is a period of preparation for the novitiate. It is a preliminary stage, not merely one of transition. It has its own form and consistency within the formation journey, as a more structured and committed stage than the previous one. The formative process of this stage aims at ensuring a deeper vocational experience and takes a more explicitly charismatic form.

Novitiate

During the novitiate the young woman learns what it means to live as an FMA in the spirit of the Covenant, following Christ according to the charismatic identity outlined in the Constitutions. With the help of the community and of the formator, the novice reaches a deeper awareness of the vocational experience of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, and internalizes Gospel and Salesian values, gained especially from the life-witness that she experiences.

The central experience for the young woman is that of following Jesus and of understanding its practical implications for her life. It involves a deep and transforming relationship with God, conforming herself to Christ, to the point of living and acting like Him, in docility to the Spirit. This implies making Christ the center of her life and devoting herself totally to His love.

Profession of Vows

After adequate discernment, and towards the end of the second year of novitiate, the Novice who desires to pronounce first vows makes a written application asking to be admitted to profession.

The years between first profession and the definitive yes to God are characterized by a new kind of life-plan. The temporary professed, now more directly involved in the educative mission, is called to be more autonomous and responsible. She develops a deeper conviction that consecrated life is characterized by the total gift of self to the God of the Covenant, in whom fidelity to the call is rooted.

The young FMA is called to take her life in hand and go beyond what is easy and familiar, to take the risk of autonomy. She gradually learns to entrust herself to the God who continues to accompany her through people and events. This period is crowned with Perpetual Profession.