Members are required to participate in a
formation program which begins when becoming
a candidate, proceeds as a novice, and continues
after profession of vows. The candidacy and
novitiate phases span a period of at least
This program provides study materials on
a series of
prescribed topics and general preparation
in the community.
The current curriculum modules are ...
- Hearing Jesus and responding to His call
- Seeking to know God's will. Personal spirituality
and prayer life. MGC daily prayer
- Jesus Christ and the Church. All Christians
are called to holiness and service.
- Vocation and religious life. The purpose
and role of religious communities in
history of the Church.
- Spiritual Direction. Selecting your spiritual
- God's Revelation
- Sacred Scripture, its meaning and interpretation.
Focus on the Psalms and the Gospels.
- The mercy of God, how we experience and extend
- The spirit of Francis and Clare
- Brief biography of St. Francis.
- Brief biography of St. Clare.
- Franciscan spirituality.
- The Mercy of God Community
- History, charisms (ecumenical and inclusive),
and culture. Diversity and sensitivity.
- Building community. Challenges and responsibilities.
- The vows as a way of life
- Detachment from material things.
- Responsible sexuality.
- Obedience to the Gospel.
- MGC governance.
- The Rule. Reflections on its scriptural basis.
- Preparing for ministry.
- Beatitudes, Spiritual and Corporal Works
- Choosing and planning your ministry.
- Privileges and responsibilities as a member
- Commitment to the journey and to the community.
- Participation by prayer and presence.
- Support by stewardship.
Every candidate and novice is assigned to
a professed member who serves as his or her
mentor throughout formation.