The Scholastic philosophate is a post Novitiate formation program. Our candidates, after their novitiate and their first oblation, proceed to Oblate Scholasticate, at Ampitiya, to peruse the Oblate formation and for Philosophical studies.
They are absorbed into the Oblate community at Oblate Scholasticate, Ampitiya, and continue the oblate formation with the rest of the scholastics.
Their solid formation in philosophy helps them to grow into integral, mature and well balanced Oblates and to “cultivate those skills needed for an effective ministry of the Word, and to have missionary outlook” (Cf. CC 66).
The new scholastics “will live out their consecration in such a way that it permeates all aspects and activities of their daily life”. (Const.65)
“They will gradually become men of God, missionaries rooted in Christ, who are ready to give themselves totally through their perpetual oblation.” (Const.65)
“Charism and traditions are studies and lived.” (Const.65)
They will choose a spiritual director on their own choice (a priest, preferably an Oblate or religious) and be guided by him.
They are formed under the protection of the most holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, to be filled with the Holy Spirit to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
An integral formation may touch upon the following area:
- “Spiritual formation:
- Aims at maturity on faith based on a personal decision for Christ.
- Meditation on God’s Word.
- Methodical study of our Christian heritage and traditions adapted to Oblate Charism.
- Learn to express and share his faith.” (Cf. R65a)
- They interiorize in prayer what they study and begin to live what they learn. (Cf. R66b)
- Character formation:
- They come to a realistic assessment of himself, to assume responsibility, and to relate with his brothers and to those in authority in mature way.
- Leadership quality and sense of daring and creativity. (Cf. R65b)
- Pastoral formation:
- Candidates are initiated into pastoral exposure, especially to work with the poor, thus they develop in them a sense of service and reflect it on their experience in the light of the Gospel.” (Cf. R65c)
Oblate Study Club – provides them an opportunity to study and to know the Oblate life and mission around the world today, and to learn the Oblate heritage and traditions in our soil designed by the very exemplary Oblates of the Past. It also helps them to introduce themselves to the Asian realities like, poverty, multi culturality, religious plurality etc.