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The work of a Redemptorist is specialized. The day-to-day life is often demanding, calling for high ideals and strength of character. Obviously, none of this can be achieved without thorough and adequate training.
This is a 'getting to know you' period, where the person is welcomed to observe and share the life and ideals of the community as either a live-in aspirant or one who keeps in regular contact with the Redemptorists.
This stage lasts for two years, where the candidate is brought into closer contact with the Redemptorist life and work.
For one year, the novice lives the Redemptorist life under the guidance of an experienced priest. By the end of the Novitiate, he is admitted into the Congregation by taking temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for a period of two years.
This spans five years of intensive studies and spiritual training which takes place in The Philippines. He continues to seek and journey with his directors and fellow students. At the end of the Studentate, if he is accepted by his superiors, he makes his final or perpetual profession of vows.