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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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Chapter Two: Formation During the Period of Temporary Vows According to the 1983 Code and the Subsequent Documents

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CHAPTER TWO

Formation During the Period of Temporary Vows According to the 1983 Code and the Subsequent Documents

 

Introduction

Post-novitiate formation for lay religious received new impetus after Vatican II through the Instruction Renovationis Causam, where the necessity and exigency of this formation is recognized and emphasized. The post-novitiate formation acquired its juridical determination in the 1983 Code, in Canons 659–661. The Code distinguishes two aspects of post-novitiate formation: formation during temporary vows and ongoing formation which continues throughout the life of a religious. The respective norms have their roots in the Vatican II teachings found in the conciliar documents on the training of candidates for sacred orders. An understanding of the norms on formation of religious is therefore best achieved by studying them alongside the conciliar documents which form the basis of their sources1 and the post-conciliar documents which have broadened and updated their content.2

This chapter discusses the juridical principles on formation during the period of temporary vows as presented in the 1983 Code and subsequent magisterial documents. The first section presents the formulation and development of the canons on religious formation (cc. 659–661) and offers an analysis of their content in order to gain a deeper understanding of the teachings and discipline of the Church regarding the formation of religious. The second part treats the other universal norms on formation during the period of temporary vows which regulate the duration, the...

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