Formation remains a priority for the Institute. If we want continue to be faithful to the Lord who gave us our Marist charism, to our mission in the Church, to the signs of times, as well as to the aspirants and Brothers called to growth and to maturity, our formation, initial and ongoing, must be appropriate, sound, complete, personalized and coherent…”
— Br. Benito Arbues, FMS
Our Initial Formation Stages
For young people exploring a commitment to Marist life, the initial formation stages are:
A. Preparation and Orientation: Weekend and Summer Vocation Workshops.
B. After Workshops:
1. One year Aspirancy while studying at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University
2. Another year for Postulancy while enrolled at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University.
3. For College graduates and professionals: One-year Pre-novitiate while attending series of courses/modules and on-going exposures/immersions.
C. Two-year Novitiate in Marian Hills, Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao.
D. Three-year Post-novitiate or Scholasticate at the Marist Asia-Pacific Center in Marikina City leading to a BSE Religous Education Degree.
E. Apprenticeship (Minimum of three years) in the different ministries of the Marist Brothers.