Novitiate and College of Humanities of the Legionaries of Christ
|Novitiate and College of Humanities of the Legionaries of Christ|
|475 Oak Avenue
Cheshire, Connecticut, (New Haven County), 06410
|Type||Novitiate, AA in Religious Studies and Classical Humanities|
|Motto||Christus Vita Vestra (Christ, Your Life)|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Sacred Heart, Blessed Virgin Mary|
|Established||1965 (current location 1982)|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
The Novitiate and College of Humanities of the Legionaries of Christ is a formation center dedicated to forming Priests for the Congregation. Members of the Legion of Christ spend their first 3 to 4 years after joining (or after high school if they entered a minor seminary) training for priestly ministry. It is divided into a 2-year Novitiate and 1 to 2 years of Classical Humanities. After the first year of classical humanities, an Associate of Arts Degree is offered in religious studies and classical humanities.
The building was built in 1961 by the Missionaries of La Salette as a minor seminary. The Legion acquired the property in 1982 and moved the novitiate from a much smaller house in Orange, Connecticut. In 1991, the program of classical humanities was begun and a new wing was added to house those seminarians.
Legionaries consider the Novitiate the University where you study Christ. The novitiate is geared towards the profession of the vows at the end of the two years. Each novice must discern if God is calling him to be a lifelong member of the Legion of Christ and a priest.
The schedule of the novitiate focuses on prayer and learnig the spirit of the congregation. They have daily mass, rosary, adoration, and spiritual reading. Theya also have weekly spiritual direction and regular spiritual conferences.
College of Humanities
Each year they do a week of work with the same goal as the novices month of work.
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