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Stages of Formation
The discipleship with Jesus in religious life continues to foster the human and Christian formation started by parents, teachers and youth group leaders. It takes the disciple, docile to the Holy Spirit and to the Formatrice, to run through the different levels of the formation plan. An intensive formation in Salesian spirituality, with a particular attention to growth in the delicate exercise of charity, starts.

Pre-Postulancy:

“Lord, you wanted to charm me, and I let myself be charmed.” - Jer 20: 7.

Discernment is needed to evaluate the reality of a call to follow Christ as Oblate of St. Francis de Sales. The candidate is invited to come to Koelenhof (near Stellenbosch). Working with the Sisters and other young girls at the crèche, she can observe the Sisters’ daily life.  It will be in prayer and through regular meetings with a sister that the candidate goes on her reflection on God’s call.

Postulancy:

formation-postulancyThis period of mutual discovery will last one year.  The postulant continues the discernment of her vocation. She fully shares the Sister’s life and discovers its beauty and its demands. She is gently initiated to the “Spiritual Directory for Daily Actions” and she experiences her ability to live community life.






Novitiate:

“You will show me the path to life, the fullness of joy in your presence, at your right hand happiness forever.” - Ps 16 (15): 11.

In the beginning of the Novitiate, the Postulant is clothed with the habit of the Congregation and gets a new name as external signs of her desire to consecrate herself to God. The first year of the Novitiate is specially consecrated to the formation in religious life in the spirit of the Congregation. The Novice builds up her intimacy with Christ, learns the day-to-day gift of self by living the three Vows as a means that opens the way to an ever increasing love. The second year the Novice shall be initiated into the apostolic spirit of the Oblate Sisters.

First Profession:

“For me to live is Christ…” - Ph. 1 :21.

text-professionAt the end of the Novitiate, by the Religious Profession, the novice offers herself totally to God. This is a covenant of love which completely unites her with Christ. By the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, she makes herself totally available to the mission within the Congregation. For a period of five years at least, these vows are renewed each year.  This trial period allows the young professed Sister to deepen her human, intellectual, spiritual and professional life. Sent to share the life of a small community of Oblate Sisters, she gradually learns to unify all aspects of her life as an Oblate Sister.

Final profession:

texte-perpetual-professionAfter these years of temporary vows, the professed Sister commits herself totally and forever to God and to the Congregation.  






Ongoing formation:

text-continued-formation“A vocation is an adventure worth living to the full! The secret of a life that is completely fulfilled lies in the generous and persevering response to the Lord’s call.” - John Paul II, Sarajevo, April 12, 1997.

It is essential for the consecrated person to show readiness to let her be formed every day.  The Oblate Sister revitalizes her consecration through a permanent revision of life and an openness and availability to the action of the Holy Spirit in order to keep her gift of self to the Lord vibrant and to enkindle her apostolic fervor.