Novices Embark on Mission Experience

Novitiate is a special year free of academic responsibilities so that the Novice can focus solely on prayer and growth in the spiritual life in order to discern if God is calling him to be a vowed religious for the rest of his life.

Novitiate is a special year free of academic responsibilities so that the Novice can focus solely on prayer and growth in the spiritual life in order to discern if God is calling him to be a vowed religious for the rest of his life.

Life choices aren’t always clear. Life decisions aren’t always easy. Life commitments are always important. That is why the process of formation takes so many years. We want to make sure that our young men are really sure about their vocation. To be a Missionary Servant requires a commitment to last a lifetime.

While our formation program has three distinct stages to help our men in their discernment, perhaps none is as vital as the Novitiate year. This is the time to live deeply in community, to study the history of our Congregation and the spirituality of our Founder, Fr. Thomas Judge. And it is a time to get in-depth experience of mission.

On March 20th, this year’s Novice class set off on their assignments on our missions in Iztapalapa and Chimalhuacan, two communities that are part of the greater Mexico City area. The mission experience lasts two months. God willing, this hands-on experience will give our Novices more fortitude, more courage, more zeal so that when they profess their First Vows this summer, they will begin what will be a lifetime commitment to the poor and abandoned as a Missionary Servant.

Please keep our Novices — Pierre Richard Andral and John Yverson Azor– in your thoughts and prayers as they complete their mission experience.

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