After one year as a novice, the novice may commit himself to the service of the Lord in the presence of the franciscan community. This commitment is for one year at a time, and he is considered as a simple professed. Each following year during three years, he renews the same commitment in his community where he will be called to live.
This community is situated in Montreal, 4148 ave. De L'Hotel-de-Ville, (Plateau area) Mont Royal. The new professed is welcomed there for at least two years during which time the accent is placed on his Franciscan formation, the fraternal life, and the apostolic engagement.
In the aim of developing the adaptation to the new life-style, work and studies are reduced to half-time. The brothers are expected to assume the ordinary house-duties such as, shopping, meal preparation, laundry, etc. On the third year of the commitment, the professed may reside in another franciscan fraternity in Montreal or elsewhere.
During the three years or more as a temporarily professed, the brother may take part in sessions or formation meetings, under the direction of a responsible and he is accompanied regularly by a brother of the community. Twice per year, the community sits in discernment with him to discuss his evolution and to render thanks to God for all that is accomplished in him by grace.
At the end of the three years of being temporarily professed, the brother may then write to the Provincial Minister asking to be admitted and to pronounce solemn vows (for life) in the Order of Friars Minor (official name for the Franciscans).
This solemn profession is celebrated usually within a mass and in the presence of all the brothers of the Order of the Province of St Joseph and also in the presence of his family.
This commitment opens the access, of the religious, to the diaconate and the priesthood.
Up to now, the accent has been placed by the brother, on the aspect of Franciscan formation (a major one) even if the professed has already taken a course in theology. But for the brother who feels called to the ordained ministry, it is only after he has pronounced his solemn vows, that he may begin to undertake steps towards pastoral training for ordination.
In past years, theological studies and receiving ministries were considered minor, or less important, in as much as the specific training they required, did not take too much place away from the Franciscan formation as required by the present General Constitutions of the Franciscans.
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