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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 Three: Formation During the Period of Temporary Vows in the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters)

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CHAPTER THREE

Formation During the Period of Temporary Vows in the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters)

 

Introduction

Universal law requires each institute to determine in its proper law the principles which guide the fundamental aspects of the life of the members, including formation of members. The fundamental law commonly referred to as the constitutions is to contain the general principles which guide the life of the members (c. 587). Other codes are to provide guidelines and interpretation for the application of the constitutions (c. 587 § 2).

The general norms on formation in the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters) are contained in the Constitutions1 and the specifications of their application are laid out in the Formation Handbook2 and other related codes such as the Institute’s Study Policy,3 the Inter-Cultural Handbook,4 and the Privacy Policy,5 as well as in the directives from general chapters which have normative force.6

This chapter treats the topic of formation during the period of temporary vows in the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After an introduction on the historical background of the Institute, it presents its general structure. Then, the trends in formation since Vatican II are outlined, followed by a discussion of the overall structure of formation in the Institute in terms of the aims and stages of formation. Lastly, formation specifically during the period of temporary vows in view...

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