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The Process of Formation of Religious Members in the Church

A Case Study of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Marren Rose A. Awiti IBVM

The Process of Formation of Religious Members in the Church: A Case Study of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary offers comprehensive and detailed information on the norms and teachings of the Church regarding the concept of formation. This book undertakes a case study of the IBVM, detailing both the unique and standard aspects of their program. It will be a valuable resource for the commission entrusted with the work of revising the law of the Church.

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In order that post-novitiate formation fulfills its end, the Church requires that individual institutes prescribe in their proper law norms which reflect the universal principles on formation and draw up a ratio institutionis, that is, a formation programme which is to be updated from time to time according to demands of necessity. Therefore, the present study has endeavoured to establish whether the interpretation and application of the Church’s universal norms on formation during the period of temporary vows in the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters) are in conformity with the provisions of the universal law. It has also attempted to find out the extent to which the ratio for this formation is appropriately updated to accommodate the new realities and needs of the sisters in formation in the Institute.

The study situates the topic of formation during the period of temporary vows in the context of the meaning, place, and role of consecrated life in the Church, and specifically, in the perspective proper to religious institutes. It traces the development of legislation on formation of religious in the Church to the time of the promulgation of the 1917 Code, through Vatican II, to the promulgation of the 1983 Code and subsequent legislation. This approach allows for presenting a broader ecclesial and historical-canonical framework of the current legislation on formation of religious. Special attention was given to the analysis of norms on formation after the first profession and of other norms regulating...

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