Formation Process - Karmel Karaganda Kazakhstan

Discalced Carmelite Nuns
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Requirements for entrance:
  • Love of prayer and desire for divine union
  • Desire to commit oneself to Our Lord and His Church for the salvation of souls
  • Good health and sound judgment
  • Secondary school certificate

Candidacy: 3 months. After the initial contacts, in which a candidate may visit and meet the community, a live-in period allows the candidate to truly experience the cloistered life of Carmel. During this time, she prays, works, sharing in the life of the community.

Postulancy: 9 months. When a person enters the community she begins a period of preliminary probation called postulancy. Under the guidance of the formator the postulant deepens her understanding of her faith and learns something of Carmelite history and spirituality. She is given space to help her adapt to her new way of life as she continues to discern her vocation.

Novitiate: 2 years. Novitiate marks the beginning of religious life, when the candidate receives the Carmelite Habit and white veil. Training consists largely in living the life, entering into the rhythms of solitude and community, of prayer and work, of study and relaxation. In all this, the formator accompanies the novice through the ups and downs which may be encountered in her formation as a contemplative. The novice also receives instruction in scripture, liturgy, spirituality, knowledge of the Carmelite Saints, human development and the history of the Order.

Temporary Profession: 3 years. After two years as a novice the candidate makes a commitment by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. During this time there is a gradual integration into the full life of the community, with greater solitude and increasing personal responsibility.

Perpetual Profession: At the end of the lengthy process of initial formation, Solemn Profession of vows marks a new beginning. The vows are anchors of commitment, and are for life – in the sense of being both life-long and life-giving.

On-going Formation: Carmelite religious profession lived in fidelity to God in the spirit of Carmel demands continuous self-formation
 
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