3. Enter the process of formation.
4. Make Profession of Vows
5. Be ordained to Major Orders
Do you enjoy personal prayer time and solitude?
Ask the Holy Ghost for strength and guidance.
Remain close to Jesus in the Eucharist and ask our Blessed Mother to cover you with her mantle of prayer.
Does this community feel right to you?
Is there a good feeling between where you are coming from and the life and spirit you are embarking upon?
Does the theological emphasis of unchanged Roman Catholic theology, in general, have some appeal to you?
Begin to pray "the hours' Morning and Evening prayer, for instance, of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Engage in a daily Holy Hour of Eucharistic adoration and try to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion daily.
Pray the Rosary.
Frequent the Sacraments.
Keep a spiritual daily journal.
Go on a week-end retreat periodically or a day of recollection.
Try to avoid engaging in worldly activities that interrupt your inner peace.
The postulancy is a time to familiarize yourself with our daily routine and rules. After this initial time the novitiate begins with an eight day retreat and reception of the habit. This is a time to strengthen your spiritual life, and deepen your relationship with God and the church as well as form your attitudes toward the community.
Upon admission, the postulant will prepare an itemized statement of all he has brought with him, which will be signed in the presence of two witnesses. The postulant shall also sign before two witnesses a release of any claim to remuneration for services he will have rendered during his association with the Congregation.
Every quarter the Novice Master shall give an evaluation to Father General of the postulant's virtues and defects and of his general aptitude for the religious life. A retreat of eight full days shall precede the reception of the religious habit. A postulant or novice found to be suffering from some serious disease which is chronic or an incurable illness shall be dismissed immediately. (That is something which has not been disclosed from the first point of contact with us.)
"WHO ARE MY MOTHERS AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS, BUT THOSE WHO DO THE WILL OF GOD ... " We, like Mary, will Incarnate Christ to others where He is not present. We will strive to announce to all men the Good News of Jesus. We will model ourselves and our lives, within the Gospel counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, as Mary gave example. Mary was a free agent, free to co-operate with or resist the plans of God. Just as Mary freely said 'YES' at the Annunciation, so, too, do the Brothers of the Annunciation of Mary freely say 'YES' to God, freely renouncing their own will to the will of the Father.
Any Roman Catholic man can be admitted to the Congregation provided he is free from all legal impediments, is motivated by the right intention, and is capable of fulfilling the duties of the religious life. He must be of good character and have a genuine love for the religious life and a fitness for the work of the Congregation.
In our Congregation, contemplative life is intimately linked to apostolic activity. For the common good of the Lord's flock the entire Franciscan family and each Brother is immediately subject to our Bishop.
The Congregation's foundation is religious profession by which we commit ourselves to the gospel life of perfect charity, not simply in using the ordinary means of sanctification, but, by the vows of obedience, poverty and chastity by which they are consecrated to God though the ministry of the Church; and by the observance of common life and the Rule and Constitutions according to the spirit of the Congregation.
The following especially reflects
the spirit of the Brothers of the Annunciation of Mary:
b) conforming oneself to the same Christ the Lord from whom every grace flows as from its source and head, by realizing His mysteries in one's own life, in union with Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, and with the whole Church.
c) likewise, loving all people by proclaiming and promoting peace, brotherly love, and the kingdom of Christ among them;
d) and finally, while living in the world, serving the Lord in poverty, humility, simplicity, and gladness of heart.
(Constitutions) By their profession of the vows of obedience, poverty and chastity, the Brothers:
a) dedicate themselves directly and entirely to God in a special manner;
b) are conformed more exactly to the type of life Christ the Lord chose for Himself and are united in a special way to the Church and her saving mission.
c) stimulate the fervor of their charity through a fuller expression of their Baptismal consecration, progress in the life of pilgrims and penitents, and voluntarily deny themselves goods otherwise highly esteemed.
Each Brother, therefore, called to the profession of the Evangelical Counsels, should live according to his vocation and strengthen it by persevering effort and prudent vigilance. By their very nature the three vows bind under pain of mortal sin.