Preparation Program 2020


When:   April 21 to June 25


  • Week 1: General House
  • Weeks 2-9 Camaldoli, Tuscany Italy
  • Week 10: L´Hermitage, France

Desired outcomes

  • Discern a call to be part of one of the Institute’s intercultural initiatives.
  • In consultation with each candidate, the Institute’s leaders accept people and decide where they will go.
  • A deeper appreciation of cultural diversity as well as understand the personal challenges in intercultural living.
  • Each person will develop new competencies and skills and a spirituality for intercultural living.


The program runs for two months and is experiential in character. The venue is a cluster of farm houses in a small hamlet about 50 km from Florence in Tuscany, Italy. This venue allows us to live in small mixed fraternities of 4 or 5, leading toa deeper community experience in our sharing and reflecting together,where we lookafter ourdaily needs, where we can pray and spend time together. It is a place that isbe new for all of us – a new language, new environment, and new culture.

Personal discernment continues throughout the two months by the individual’s own soul-searching and by focussed personal accompaniment each week.  Over the weeks there is a series of workshops related to self-knowledge, discernment, communication, community-building, the spiritual journey, being Marist, intercultural dynamics, theology of mission.

Language is a challenge.  We work in Spanish and English and engage translators to assist in the workshops.  Learning to cope with limited language is all an essential part of the process.

Half-way through the program the participants are invited to write a letter of availability to the Superior General.  After a serious discernment, the candidates who feel called are sent to one of the Lavalla200> communities or one of the special projects of the Institute. The experience concludes with a pilgrimage to the Hermitage in France, our Marist origins, where they are commissioned as Marists for a new beginning.