Novitiate and College of Humanities of the Legionaries of Christ

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Novitiate and College of Humanities of the Legionaries of Christ
Address
475 Oak Avenue
Cheshire, Connecticut, (New Haven County), 06410
United States
Coordinates 41°30′44″N 72°54′13″W / 41.51222°N 72.90361°W / 41.51222; -72.90361
Information
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)
Rector Chistopher Bracket
Color(s) Red and White         
Website

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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

The novititate began in the USA in a home in Woodmont, Connecticut in 1965, in 1971 it was moved to Orange before receiving its current home in Cheshire.[2]

Novitiate[edit]

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.[3]

Once a year the novices dedicate a month of their summer to manual labor. By such work, they come into contact with the struggles of others who fight to put food on the table.[4][5]

College of Humanities[edit]

In the college of humnaities, professed members of the Legion of Christ study Biblical Greek, Ecclesiastical Latin, Spanish, History, Literature, Art History, and Accounting.

Each year they do a week of work with the same goal as the novices month of work.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Novitiate & College of Humanities". Legion of Christ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "United States". Legion of Christ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Novitiates". Legion of Christ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ten Thousand Hours in the Sun". Legion of Christ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "The Dignity of Work". Legion of Christ. Retrieved 28 September 2012.