Since the Province started its first novitiate in 1953, it has sent out a hundred confreres to practically all the CICM Provinces all over the world.
Structurally, the work of formation runs over several phases, each of which has its own needs in terms of program, personnel, budget, and buildings.
We have Maryhurst Seminary for the pre-novitiate level (college) training, in collaboration with our Saint Louis University. It also caters to candidates from other provinces preparing themselves either for the novitiate or post novitiate. The Théophile Verbist Novitiate is one of two official Novitiate Programs of CICM. Due to the stable increase in novices, the Novice Director would really need a Socius.
Post-Novitiate training is located in the Asia International Formation Community (AIFC) and Maryhill School of Theology (MST). Theology studies lead to either Master of Arts in Theological Studies or Masters in Pastoral Ministry, both with thesis.
Animation and recruitment are done in secondary schools and later, among college students and young professionals. Our colleges and universities are fertile grounds for vocation animation and recruitment for CICM vocations.
Postulancy Program: Several college graduates have been accepted to follow the one-year postulancy program.
As a priority commitment, there is a constant need for the Province to prepare confreres for tasks in formation work, in coordination with the General Government.