Become a candidate
Many young men in the groups we work with are curious about our life as Schoenstatt Fathers. Everyone who is really interested in knowing our Community is welcome in our houses, and we will always try to answer all the questions.
What we call a "candidate" is someone who has officially applied in written to enter the Institute. Depending on how soon someone decides about his vocation, and also depending on the countries and the local formation curriculum, it is possible that someone is a candidate for a long time, while he completes the final years of school before going to university, or even the first years of philosophy and theology in university, until a suitable novitiate course begins. During this time, in some countries, the candidates already live together in formation houses of the Institute. In other countries they stay with their families.
Not more than six months before the novitiate, and in an official ceremony of acceptance into one of the territories (Provinces) of the Institute, a candidate becomes a so-called postulant.