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 Humanities|
|Motto||Christus Vita Vestra (Christ, Your Life)|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
College of Humanities
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.
Each year, the humanities students do a week of work with the same goal as the novices month of work.
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