Stages on the Journey

Stage One: Getting to Know Each Other

Like any relationship there are steps in getting to know the community and for the community to get to know you.
1.    Contact the vocation office through e-mail or by filling out and submitting thecontact form or calling the office at 513-881-7411.
2.    Have a conversation with a member of the vocation team; face-to-face meetings can happen where you live.
3.    Get to know Glenmarians and our missions through any of the following opportunities:

•    Visit our National Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.
•    Participate on a Come & See mission trip.
•    Two week Mission Placement.
•    Volunteer at our Glenmary Volunteer Program


Stage Two: Application

After you get to know the Glenmary, the next step is to apply to enter the formation program. The application process is part of the discernment journey. The process includes a written application and interviews with the admissions committee.  During this stage you gain a better understanding of yourself and Glenmary gets to know you more. The application process helps clarify where God is calling you to serve and which level of formation to enter, either aspirancy or pre-novitiate.

Stage Three: Aspirancy or Pre-novitiate

Aspirancy is for men who are discerning priesthood but do not yet have a college degree or men who have limited skills in English. Men living in the U.S. between the ages of 18-21 may find this program very helpful even if they are still unsure if missionary ministry is for them.
In Glenmary’s aspirancy program, discerners receive an undergraduate degree in a setting geared toward spiritual and emotional growth and is enhanced by studying with other young men who are serious about their faith and their desire to follow Jesus. For those who have limited skills in English, ESL classes are offered to prepare them for the academic classes.

Prenovitiate is for men who are pursuing missionary priesthood or brotherhood. Currently the men in the prenovitiate live at the Glenmary House of Studies in St. Meinrad School of Theology at St. Meinrad, Indiana. Academic classes are selected to fit the individual’s needs.

Stage Four: Applying for Novitiate

Novitiate allows for deeper discernment in preparation for professing one’s First Oath. The novitiate year is spent at our National Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. During this year, men spend part of the year in a mission placement and part of the year preparing to profess their First Oath to become a Glenmary Missioner.

Stage Five: Advanced Formation

There are two tracks in advanced formation, one for brothers-in-training and one for seminarians.
Seminarians study at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana.
Brothers-in-training study at a university or trade school approved by their formation directors.

Final Stage: Final Oath

Professing the Glenmary’s Final Oath occurs after three annual renewals of the temporary Oath. The Oath is renewed each year until the student and the community recognizes him as being ready for the final commitment. This is a mutual decision between the Glenmary community and the student. Oaths can be renewed up to six years if necessary.

There are many stages in discerning a mission vocation with Glenmary. If you only look at the overall length of time it can seem overwhelming but, like every journey, it begins with a single step or a large leap of faith.

Contact us and let us walk with you on your journey with God.