The purpose of formation in the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius is to help the candidate faithfully respond to his divine vocation and to form him in the way of life, charism and spirituality of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. This time of initiation should actually and concretely form the candidate in the life and apostolate he will live thereafter. There are spiritual, intellectual, apostolic and human aspects to this formation, which help candidates become mature Christian persons capable of living the vows and fulfilling the apostolate of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.
Because it involves the whole person, the human aspect of formation—physical, cultural, and social—is of the utmost importance. As creatures composed of a body and soul, we learn by means of the physical world, and the spiritual becomes manifested to us through the corporeal. In the order of this life, the spiritual builds upon the physical. Therefore, the development of personal discipline, a well-rounded personality, the ability to interact well with other people and a balanced perspective on the world around us are essential aspects of human formation essential for fruitful spiritual development.
Spiritual formation is integral because it pervades the entire person and acts as the integrating element in the entire formation process. It must be given special emphasis throughout the entire formation process and carefully guided by those entrusted to that task. It should never be sacrificed for any reason.
Intellectual formation is also important if the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius wishes to have members that are knowledgeable in the Faith. It is especially important for the mission of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius that all of its members become familiar with the Church’s intellectual patrimony and the documents of Vatican II, especially its leading documents concerning the Sacred Liturgy.
Apostolic formation is necessary in order to make future members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius effective in its pastoral ministry. The formation of candidates will be done in accordance with the mind of the Church and according to the present Code of Canon Law and Church directives (mutatis mutandis).