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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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The successful completion of this book would not have been possible without the contribution of various people. I am deeply indebted to Rev. Fr. Kowal Wojciech O.M.I for his remarkable dedication, with careful attention to detail in offering professional and scholarly guidance throughout the writing of this manuscript. Also, I sincerely acknowledge, with gratitude, the graciousness of those who offered me invaluable counsel and insights, especially Rev. Fr. Francis Morrisey O.M.I, Rev. Fr. Augustine Mendonça, and Rev. Fr. Jack Zupez SJ, Sr. Jeanne Cover IBVM, Sr. Marjory Gallagher SC, Sr. Gill Goulding CJ, and Professor Myriam Wiljens. Finally, my gratitude also extends to Sr. Sheila Smith IBVM, Sr. Carmen Diston IBVM, Eunice Huff, and Rachel Lee Him for their assistance in typing sections of this manuscript, and to Sr. Kathleen Fitzgerald IBVM and Áine McHugh, Sr. Juliana Dusel IBVM and Michelle Pariag for providing me with relevant archival material for the research necessary for the study. ← xxi | xxii →

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