1 to 3 years
This is the initial stage for a baptised and confirmed Catholic who has discovered in his life, the signs of a vocation to full apostolic availability in the Sodalitium. This is a time to discern such signs, accompanied by the Sodalit community. You can be an aspirant once you are at least 18 years old. By making this commitment, you do not yet necesarily live in a Sodalit communtiy. However, as the discernment process goes on, the aspirant may enter a community for a few months to help in his discernment process.
The candidate formally enters community life. The focus of this time is his interior spiritual formation through the growth of his relationship with God (in prayer, study and silence), with himself and with others. This spiritual growth stems from the deepening in his baptismal identity as a son and apostle of the Father, in image of Jesus. This stage is lived in a community. Generally, at this point the candidate has already finished his undergraduate studies.
The sodalit continues to grow in his faith and prepares himself in a more thorough manner for his temporal promises of full availability, by living a process of formation and apostolic maturity of his personality as an apostle. This is a transition stage towards a life of a larger insertion into the world. This stage is lived in an apostolic community with an appointed formator (director).
This consecration is a promise that manifests the desire of the sodalit to collaborate fully and for life with Mary’s apostolic mission. This commitment expresses an essential trait of the Sodalit charisma and its spirit remains throughout his life. This consecration is done a short time before the temporal commitment.
2 to 9 years
This is the final stage of the Sodalit initial formation. The person requests and is granted admission to profess his commitment of Full Apostolic Availability in a temporary manner. During this stage, the sodalit is accompanied by the authorities of the community where he lives in and is encouraged to find his place in the Sodalitium’s common mission. This stage generally lasts between 4 to 5 years. After this stage, the person undergoes a period of spiritual integration of his whole initial formation for about 8 months.
The sodalit manifests a level of vocational maturity that allows him to profess his promises perpetually and join himself to the community for life. By being a sodalit of perpetual commitment, the sodalit receives a specific mission from his superiors. From here on, the sodalit lives in continuous formation, striving to grow in the vision of his whole life as a permanent apostolate.