©2019 by Institute of the Heart of Jesus. Proudly created with Wix.com

Pope going to confession.jpg

FORMATION

Growing in our priesthood...

Every diocesan priest understands the concept of ongoing formation.  For a priest entering the Institute, formation builds on one's priestly identity.  Following the requirements of Canon Law for secular institutes, members begin their formation in a two-year "probation" (similar to a novitiate in religious life).  At the conclusion of their two years of probation, they profess temporary vows of poverty, celibate chastity and obedience for a period of five years.  At the conclusion of five years, they make their profession for life.  A priest enters the Institute by joining a local fraternity or, if the Institute is not in their diocese, by contacting the national director or interested person contact member to learn more about entering independently.  The goal of one who enters individually is to work towards establishing a local fraternity.