The formation to religious priesthood in the Manjummel Province begins with the one year initiation course in Pius Nagar where the new candidates are taught to lead a disciplined, liturgy and prayer oriented life; they are introduced to the immense world of the Word of God. They are taught well the English language and given an introduction to Classical Latin. The second stage begins with the intensive following of the Plus one and two courses as private students in our San JuanBhavan. It is also a time of discernment and preparation for a serious commitment to religious life.
Once these initial preparations and studies are over the candidates are selected for postulancy, an intensive time of preparation for novitiate. The candidates are taught the works of the Carmelite saints and led to a life of prayer and meditation, to experience the depth of Carmelite charism. In the novitiate the candidates are made aware of the demands of consecrated vowed life; they are guided in the way of Carmelite mental prayer and to experience the presence of the Lord in an extraordinary manner. With the first religious profession they get temporary membership in the life of the Order.
The following years are years of serious study and research. Three years of philosophical studies and one year of community experience and four years of theological studies allow one to reach his goal of religious priesthood. The final commitment is done in the second year of theology.
“Trials are nothing else but the forge that purifies the soul of all its imperfections.”
“May my life be a continual prayer, a long act of love.”
“God gives me courage in proportion to my sufferings. I feel at this moment I couldn’t suffer any more, but I’m not afraid, since if they increase, He will increase my courage at the same time.
“Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid. All things are passing. God alone never changes. Patience gains all things. If you have God, you will want for nothing. God alone suffices.”
Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it.”
“The endurance of darkness is the preparation for great light.”
“Strive to preserve your heart in peace; let no event of this world disturb it.”
“don’t wait until tomorrow to begin becoming a saint.”
“Let us love, since that is what our hearts were made for.”
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”