The vowed way begins with a candidacy period. Once a candidate has participated for three months, they are invited to apply for postulancy, and then finally they are eligible for the novitiate, a 3-year formation program. Details on all phases of the Vowed Way of Belonging can be found in this guide.
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The first step of discernment is called candidacy. Candidates fill out a simple application declaring their interest in joining our community. After they submit their application, they spend at least three months completing all components of the Candidacy Phase. During this time, candidates will discern if our prayer method, teachings, and other practices resonate with their sense of call to a committed spiritual life of engaged contemplative prayer. If candidates find that they want to explore these practices in the context of community, they are invited to apply to the postulancy.
Candidacy Phase components:
Complete our course on the Incarnation Method of Prayer
Practice the Incarnation Method of Prayer once a day
Regular attendance at our weekly Tuesday night online meditation and/or our monthly in-person meditations in Garden City or Brooklyn (See events for details)
Attend two or more of our other public events (see events page for details)
Explore aspects of our Rule of Life on your own
Application for Candidacy Phase for 2023-2024:
Complete online application for Candidacy between April 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023
Those who have completed all candidacy components and have spent at least three months in the candidacy phase are welcome to apply for postulancy. Applications will open on March 1, 2024 and close on April 1, 2024. During the postulancy phase, postulants will have an opportunity to spend time with vowed members of the Community of the Incarnation as well as other postulants. This is a time to discern whether you are ready to commit to this particular group of people at this particular time. You will also spend some time exploring aspects of our Rule of Life, trying on different practices, and seeing how they resonate with you. At the end of this two month period, we will mutually discern if you are called to be with this Community and are ready to commit to a deepening study of our Rule of Life and charisms. If so, you will be invited to apply to the Novitiate.
Postulancy Phase components:
Attendance and participation at our Saturday May intensive
Seven weekly small group meetings with other postulants
Continued practice of the Incarnation Method of Prayer
Exploration of our Rule of Life with our Community Mentors
Submit letter detailing why you feel called to this particular community and way of life
Written reflection on your experience with the Incarnation Method of Prayer and the other events you have attended
Written version of your spiritual autobiography
Interview with a community member and one of our co-founders
Novitiate with Seasonal Vows and Final Profession
3 year-long process
Weekly online small groups
Monthly online formation intensives
Biannual in-person retreats with the Community
Completion of Candidacy and Postulancy Phase
Letter reflecting on the Postulancy Phase and why you feel called to this particular community
Written reflection on our Rule of Life and why you feel called to integrate it into your life and in the context of community
Commitment to our Novitiate attendance policy