Below are the details of our Charitan Entrance Assessment Exercises (screening process) that all applicants must go through:
- First one-week of live-in experience: during which the candidate actively participates in our community life and has a foretaste of what the Charitan spirituality/apostolate entails. During this one-week live-in experience, the candidate will also be closely watched by the formation team to discern if he is a good fit for the Charitan Missionaries. He is also expected to observe us very closely to be able to discern if he is at peace with our Charitan way of life. In fact, it is a week of mutual watch between us and the candidate. It is during this one week that the written interviews/examinations are conducted and the candidate submits all his educational and sacramental certificates for vetting.
- Second one-week of live-in experience: After the first live-in experience, all the successful candidates are invited for another one week of live-in experience during which the oral interviews are conducted. As in the first live-in, the candidate also participates actively in the community activities and meet with the vocations director and the vocation team on several occasions for oral interactions and talks. This one-on-one interaction will principally be based on the candidate’s first live-in experience. He should be prepared to share his experience with the vocations director and the vocation team.
- Third Live-in Experience: Following the second live-in experience, the successful candidates are invited for the third one-week of live-in experience which concludes the entrance assessment exercises. During this time, the candidates undergo medical and psychological assessments to ascertain their medical and psychological fitness for the Apostles of Divine Charity. They will be required to do complete Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) exams and other health related tests necessary to ascertain their health fitness. The psychological assessment is aimed at ascertaining the candidate's mental fitness, behavioral fitness and level of human maturity. After this third live-in experience, successful candidates will be contacted a few weeks later with their admission information and what they need to return with to the Charitan community for their pre-novitiate program, which is the commencement of their journey to becoming Charitan Missionaries.