“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” John 17:18
After a period of accompaniment in the family, the aspirants can join the pre-postulancy. The pre-postulancy is a form of vocational accompaniment that favours the preparation of the candidates for the postulancy and makes up for any notable shortfall in their academic, human or Christian formation.
The first stage upon entering is called the Postulancy. It has as its objective to prepare the postulant (or seminarian) for entry to the Novitiate (which is the next stage in formation). It offers the possibility of growing as a man and a Christian, clarifying your own vocational motivations in an environment of freedom and responsibility. This pre-supposes a certain flexibility of structures and programs according to one’s educational level upon entering, and a personalised formative accompaniment which respects the times, rhythms, and growth of each candidate. The principle objective is to permit the postulant a free and responsible choice of entering or not entering the Comboni Novitiate.
It is a time of getting to know the Comboni way of life that includes community prayer and ministry. Candidates for the priesthood will finish their philosophy studies at this time and will finish a bachelor’s degree if they do not already have one. Brother candidates will finish a professional degree or certificate if they do not have one already.
Missionary awareness and interest, the sense of solidarity and the desire to share the life and lot of the poor, are values that must be encouraged and deepened during the Postulancy. Accepting the missionary vocation as a gratuitous gift of God who calls, the postulant chooses to remain with Christ in order to be transformed by Him and sent to bring Good News to the poor.