Remembering the words of St. Francis from our Rule: “… let the Minister then kindly encourage him in his decision (the one asking to join the Order), and let him explain our way of life in detail…“, (NPr 2,4) the said initial period needs to be considered as an extremely important one. That is why one might say that the Postulature is the initial, most important period of a candidate’s life in the community. It lasts not less than a year, and not more than two years. The Minister Provincial is the one determining the length of the postulature. It must be performed within an educational community lead by a direct magister, with the candidate permanently residing in it, and with a certain number of other candidates also present, so as to enable a true brotherly life. This particular period serves as the first experience of Franciscan life.
a) promoting and deepening mutual knowledge between the community and the candidate, as well as getting to know his social and family background;
b) helping the friar in his personal maturation in terms of knowing and accepting himself; being open to others without loosing one’s personality; performing one’s role as a man and a Christian within the local circumstances;
c) checking the degree of one’s general culture and knowledge of the faith of the Church, completing them as much as necessary;
d) helping the candidate to enter into a growingly personal relationship with Christ; to turn and consecrate himself to the Lord, thus directing him towards a new lifestyle;
e) offering initial knowledge of St. Francis’ person and life.
a) In terms of personality, human maturity, physical and psychological health and explanation;
b) in terms of the knowledge and experience of the life of faith;
c) in terms of the basic knowledge of St. Francis’ life and personality;
d) apart from that, for those who have already attended some other religious institution or a major seminary, a report of those responsible is required, as well as – if possible – a direct contact with them.
a) introduction into prayer, accompanied by moments of both personal and common prayer;
b) frequent conversation of the magister with the candidate, allowing the postulant to achieve a trustworthy relationship with his magister and become familiar with his way – according to his possibilities – through an open evaluation and proper guidelines, beneficial for his growth;
c) experience of manual work, especially for the good of the community in question;
d) checking human and emotional maturity of the candidate, as well as his ability to live joyfully together with other brothers on the same path;
e) thinking about the first introduction into the vows and the religious life, as well as the family he is going to be a part of;
f) studying specific topics centred around the following three cores: human dimension of the vocation, knowledge of faith and knowledge of the Franciscan charisma.
a) The degree of human and Christian maturity;
b) basic fundamental culture;
c) emotional balance;
d) capability to live true brotherly relations;
e) capability to adopt Franciscan values.