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At the close of this year of novitiate, and with the approval of their trainers, the novices take a simple religious vow, in other words they make the public commitment to live according to the rule of St Francis: obedience, poverty, chastity. This commitment is repeated for four separate years. The professed friars live in the Convent of St Saviour, in Jerusalem, during this second training period. In this great brotherhood, home of the Custody of the Holy Land, they attend the international seminary together with the brethren who have been sent here by their Provinces for a life and study experience.

The training programme includes a two-year period of philosophy studies and one year for the specialization in a language spoken in the territory served by the Custody. At the end of these three years the theological quadriennium begins. The four years of temporary profession conclude with the solemn profession, which makes the novices permanent members of the Order, with full rights and duties in the Custody. After the solemn profession they continue to study theology, but they reside in one of the convents in Jerusalem or the neighbouring areas, and are gradually guided into taking fully responsibility for their training, which passes from initial to permanent.

Here are venerated the remains of this saint, its patron, who died here in A.

The first church was later built by San Severo, a knight of the city of Martana, who had it consecrated in and lived there until , the date of his death. In this place was acquired by the Franciscans of the Observance in order to build a monastery, the same monastery that now, after various renovations is home to the initial phase of Franciscan life. You might ask yourself: why this place exactly? This setting provides an intimate and frequent contact with the environment in which the Order was born, with the places that saw the first and the last steps of the Poverello of Assisi.

In addition, this house is found in one of the most verdant and scenic areas of Umbria.

The garden and woods which surround the monastery offer a rare possibility to immerse oneself in silence and contemplation, fundamental conditions for this first phase of discernment. For this we will give particular attention to your growth as a person, to your ability to be a part of an international community, to confront you with its riches and its difficulties, and to listen to the voice of the Lord through your companions.

To support you in this, we offer an enriching program:. This Word will be your guide, consolation for your heart and ideal for your existence. Saint Francis wanted to follow Christ poor and crucified and to embrace Him by means of the lepers of his time. Manual work will also be an important training ground for your soul thirsting for happiness! Here, working together with the others and fulfilling the different responsibilities given to you, your sense of responsibility and belonging to a common project will grow.

With humble daily fatigue you build, here and now, the Kingdom of God; working the land with simplicity you prepare, almost without realizing it, the terrain of your existence to welcome the rain of Grace and to mature the fruits of the Spirit. This is a time of grace not only for hundreds of people thirsty for an encounter with God — who thanks to your effort will be satisfied and will change their lives — but above all for you, who search for the face of God.

For this, some time will be reserved to introduce you to this enchanting reality: the formation of this year will be oriented towards the knowledge — also direct — of the Holy Land, where people of diverse religions and creeds live together, where the liturgies are more alive and colorful, where millions of pilgrims come from afar to pray, where one day you too could be a drop of water in a spiritual desert…. Contemplazione, lavoro ed apostolato: tre dimensioni di un unico carisma.

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Il carisma francescano. Ed il santuario della Verna in Toscana — il luogo dove S. Una dimensione di cui, spesso, ci dimentichiamo. Non si parla per mostrare quante cose si sappiano, ma solo per testimoniare Cristo attraverso la vita di san Francesco. The entire life of St.

Walking in the footsteps of the Little Poor Man of Assisi, who came to the East to preach the Gospel, the Friars of the International Seminary of the Custody of the Holy Land base their testimony on peace and non-violence, on the respect of the faiths, cultures and laws of the people which they live among in the Middle-East. The Seminary is a real unique place for the Franciscan Order.

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