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 Humanities
Motto Christus Vita Vestra (Christ, Your Life)
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Sacred Heart, Blessed Virgin Mary
Established 1965 (current location 1982)
Rector Fr. David Daly, LC
Color(s) Red and White         
Accreditation State of Connecticut
Website

The Novitiate and College of Humanities of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, is a formation center dedicated to forming Priests for the Congregation. New members of the Legion of Christ who are assigned to the North-American Territory spend here their first fours years after joining as their first stage of training for religious life and priestly ministry, before studying philosophy and theology in Rome. The formation time in Cheshire is divided into a two-year Novitiate and two years of Humanities. After the second year, an Associate of Arts Degree is offered in Humanities. The College is accredited by the State of Connecticut.[1]

History[edit]

The building was constructed in 1961 by the Missionaries of La Salette as a minor seminary. The Legion of Christ acquired the property in 1982 and moved the novitiate from a much smaller house in Orange, Connecticut. In 1991, the program of humanities was begun and a new wing was added to house the professed seminarians.[2]

The novitiate 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.[3]

Novitiate[edit]

Legionaries consider the Novitiate the University where one studies 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 learning the spirit of the congregation. They have daily Mass, rosary, adoration, and spiritual reading. They also have weekly spiritual direction and regular spiritual conferences.[4]

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.[5][6]

College of Humanities[edit]

At their College of Humanities, the members of the Legion of Christ undertake religious studies (among others: Christology, Introduction to Religious Life, and Spirituality) and further study humanities (History and Ideas, Literature, Art and Music Theory and History), oral and written communication, foreign languages (Latin, Greek, Latin, and Spanish), Mathematics, Physics, and Biology for Bioethics.[7]

Each year, the humanities students do a week of work with the same goal as the novices month of work.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colleges & Universities". www.ctohe.org. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  2. ^ "Novitiate & College of Humanities". Legion of Christ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "United States". Legion of Christ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Novitiates". Legion of Christ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ten Thousand Hours in the Sun". Legion of Christ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "The Dignity of Work". Legion of Christ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Program". Legion of Christ College of Humanities, Inc. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 

External links[edit]

  • Official Site of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, CT: LCCheshire.org
  • Official Site of Legion of Christ College of Humanities: LCCollege.org