The Path into a Vocation

Discernment


A young man interested in exploring a vocation with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius will visit the community for at least a few days to become acquainted with the common life and charism of the Canons Regular. Rather than attend a ‘vocational retreat’, visitors will participate in the Restoration of the Sacred by praying and working with the community within the normal daily schedule. Visitors will meet with the Superior to ask questions and learn more about the community, its formation, charism and apostolates.





Admission


All interested applicants must meet the following criteria: - Must be between 18 and 40 years old. - Have completed high school or equivalent. - Be in good physical health and have a balanced personality, capable of living a communal life. - Not be in a valid marriage recognized by the Church. - Be free of financial obligations. - Have an aptitude for further developement of the four pillars of formation: Spiritual, Human, Intellectual, and Pastoral.





Discernment


A young man interested in exploring a vocation with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius will visit the community for at least a few days to become acquainted with the common life and charism of the Canons Regular. Rather than attend a ‘vocational retreat’, visitors will participate in the Restoration of the Sacred by praying and working with the community within the normal daily schedule. Visitors will meet with the Superior to ask questions and learn more about the community, its formation, charism and apostolates.





Admission


All interested applicants must meet the following criteria: - Must be between 18 and 40 years old. - Have completed high school or equivalent. - Be in good physical health and have a balanced personality, capable of living a communal life. - Not be in a valid marriage recognized by the Church. - Be free of financial obligations. - Have an aptitude for further developement of the four pillars of formation: Spiritual, Human, Intellectual, and Pastoral.





The Junioriate


The Juniorate encompasses the period between a member's first profession of vows and his final profession of vows. During this period the Junior more fully participates in the apostolic work of the community. He embraces the vow of poverty surrendering administration of his belongings, obtaining permission of the Superior to do anything with his property as all of his necessary physical needs met by the community. If he has discerned a call to the priesthood, intellectual preparation through theological studies as part of seminary formation begins in the Juniorate.





Discernment


A young man interested in exploring a vocation with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius will visit the community for at least a few days to become acquainted with the common life and charism of the Canons Regular. Rather than attend a ‘vocational retreat’, visitors will participate in the Restoration of the Sacred by praying and working with the community within the normal daily schedule. Visitors will meet with the Superior to ask questions and learn more about the community, its formation, charism and apostolates.





Ordination


A professed member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius who has successfully completed the required theological studies and who has been judged as a suitable and worthy candidate, may advance to the Diaconate and then to the Priesthood. A member who advances to Sacred Orders serves in our parish apostolates.





Ordination


A professed member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius who has successfully completed the required theological studies and who has been judged as a suitable and worthy candidate, may advance to the Diaconate and then to the Priesthood. A member who advances to Sacred Orders serves in our parish apostolates.





Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

1025 W. Fry Street, Chicago, IL 60642

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