The process of becoming a Companion begins with an application to the Order, references from friends, and reflections on some basic questions about your understanding of religious life and the Order. An interview team visits with you by phone, Skype, or Google Meet to help both you and us better understand your vocation. They then make their recommendations to the Director of the Foundation Program, Brother Aidan Daniel. If a vocation is discerned, you are invited to join us and begin the Foundation Program, which is divided as follows:
1) Postulancy: Postulancy is a time of ongoing mutual discernment in which you get to know the community better and the community gets to know you. It is also a time dedicated to exploring spirituality (classical to modern) and contemporary religious life. Postulancy begins each year at General Assembly in June and lasts for a minimum of one year. It may begin no later than September 1.
2) Novitiate: Novitiate is a time where there is some level of mutual commitment on both the part of the novice and the community. It is a time during which you reflect on, interpret, and prepare to profess the Order’s five vows (Simplicity of Life, Purity of Heart, Obedience, Non-Violence and Universal Citizenship). Significant time is dedicated to exploring how they will be lived out in your daily life. Novitiate begins each year at General Assembly in June and lasts for a minimum of one year.
This process may be adapted for those who have previous experience living a vowed life in another community.