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General Norms of Formation

a.   Formation as a process of growth in discipleship

As a community of disciples of Christ who is our Guru all our brethren in the study House, both staff and students, shall undertake the academic studies and pursuit of life not merely as an intellectual occupation, but a serious common endeavor to know and experience the Master in word and worship, in life and action, thus transforming it into a process of authentic growth in discipleship.

b. The goal of training

The general goal of the training in the study house is to lead the students to a real understanding of their priestly mission in the CMI congregation on the one hand, and on the other, to bring them face to face with concrete experience under proper guidance, so that they are equipped, in their future life and apostolate, to act spontaneously and creatively as apostles of Christ with maturity and personal responsibility.

c. Contextualized formation

The long years of academic pursuit in the Study House shall not result in isolating the students from the real issues of life. There shall be enough opportunities for the students to relate their study and life to the concrete experience of the people, their problems, needs and aspirations, so that through the formation and training in the Study House, they are fully prepared to proclaim the Word of God to the people of our time in a relevant way. A situation-bound and people-oriented training is all the more imperative today in view of our Congregation’s increasing involvement in evangelization, in the explosive social situation of our times and the new positive understanding of other religious traditions and cultures. Therefore sufficient care should be taken not reduce the study of philosophy exclusively to class room-bound and livery word, but it should be a teaching and learning process in the actual context and situation in the true spirit of divine incarnation.

It also means that, subjects to be taught in philosophy, their norm of inclusion in the curriculum, their comparative importance and duration of teaching are to be determined by the actual religious-cultural and social situation of today’s India in particular, and the missions all over the world.


A student having committed himself in the first profession of religious vows, to strive for Christian perfection in the CMI Congregation, enters the study house with the enthusiasm and earnestness of a disciple to listen to Christ, his divine Guru, who lovingly invites him to share in the profound mysteries of God. It demands from each student a serious dffort to preserve and foster the habit of prayer, the interior life in union with God, the practice of self abnegation, total commitment to Christ, and the filial devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.


After the example of real saints of Carmel, the student progresses in the advanced stages of prayer, and like Bl. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, our founder, he learns the habit of combining the desert experience of the people of God with the intellectual and socio-cultural involvement in the world of today.


He takes the critical period of transition from the novitiate to the study house as a challenge to reaffirm the fidelity to his religious commitment, to become more open to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, and to widen his docility in being guided by his directors. He undertakes the philosophical studies with the genuine purpose of seeking truth, of developing a rational and logical thinking and of preparing himself for a fruitful priestly ministry in the modern world.


An appropriate number of trained spiritual directors shall be appointed in the study house for formation of student. They shall not be on the committees for evaluating the fitness of students for profession and orders.


The Rector with the help of spiritual directors, as well as other members of the staff shall organize regular conferences, this shall be according to a definite plan that will aim at a progressive, systematic, comprehensive and practical exposition of the principles of religious perfection and the ideals of our congregation in the light of the Sacred Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers with special application to our times and context.


It should be our constant effort that all our activities are actuated and unified by the spirit of the liturgy, which makes our whole life a perpetual praise of, and oblation to God. Theological and scriptural studies shall be so oriented as form a solid basis for the liturgical spirit.

A solid liturgical formation should be given to students in the following;

  1. The Eucharistic liturgy as the centre of one's life;
  2. The intimate relation between liturgical prayer and personal prayer and;
  3. Spirit of the various liturgical seasons.


Philosophical studies are aimed at providing the students with a rational basis for correct thinking and developing basic and healthy attitudes to life. They shall help gradually to create n them a capacity to evaluate ideas and events, shall provide a comprehensive knowledge of the various philosophical systems of East and West, with the students to specific perspective of human sciences like sociology, psychology, anthropology and politics.

Students shall try to cultivate a habit of systematic and scientific methodology of study and exposition of given themes and subjects, clarity of thinking, sequence and coherence in expression. They shall constantly endeavor to build up a reflective and critical mind endowed with a dispassionate approach to truth in intellectual honesty in respect and openness to other ways and forms of thinking. They shall also gain facility to grasp the essentials epitomizing and synthesizing them with one’s world vision and assimilating them critically.



All shall understand the importance of effective preaching in our apostolate, and train themselves in preaching. For this, students may be formed into convenient groups. Sufficient facilities shall be z defects and for voice training.


Students may be formed into literary and cultural academies to provide them with opportunities for public speaking, training in parliamentary discussion and especially for self-expression. All the students shall attend these meeting regularly.


Director of cultural activities shall see to it that the programmes for each occasion are well prepared and rehearsed in advance and all items maintain a high standard.

While maintaining the quality and standard of the cultural programmers the director should see that the students with average talents also shall get ample opportunities.


Special attention should be paid to the training of the students in sports and games according to their rules and techniques, and the director in charge of sports and games shall see to the general arrangements of games, maintenance of play grounds and providing of sports materials to the different groups and the holding of common matches and sports.


Great emphasis shall be placed on manual labor. It shall be the responsibility of the students to keep the whole house and its furnishing neat and tidy. The immediate vicinity of the study house may be divided among the different groups for cleaning and maintenance. Every student should spend at least 45 minutes daily in manual labor.

  1. During the time of formation itself, each student should try to contribute in his own way for the benefit of the community. Manual labor also provides the student a chance for experiencing the life of the poor. It is also a means to participate in the ongoing creation of God, an occasion to strengthen our bond with Mother Nature and an opportunity to protect and preserve the sacredness of the eco-system.
  2. Everyday each student shall spend minimum 50 minutes for manual labor. The members of a group assigned for a particular work has to plan the work with the staff in charge of it.
  3. Depending on the needs, on some days, they shall spend 2 hours for the common works of the house. There shall be no games on that day.


In order to make the morning meditation more fruitful and to provide the student and opportunity to be a spiritual animator, each student is given the chance to give the morning meditation talk once in two months.


The second year students at the completion of their philosophy studies are allowed to have two weeks holidays (excluding journey days) at their home. At their arrival in Kerala, they shall report at the respective Provincial House or Mission House and then proceed to their homes. At the end of their prescribed holidays, they are supposed to report at the Provincial House.


Once a semester a dialogue is held between the students and the members' staff, in order to foster the spirit of responsibility and unity among the students and the staff.


The system of providing the personal money enables the student to develop the ability to use the money in responsible way. It is intended to cover the expenses of the stationary and other articles of correspondence of personal use. The monthly account should be prepared in a systematic way, giving the details of various expenses. 


English and Hindi shall be used for the conversations, recreations, prayers and cultural programmes of the institute. Taking in to consideration the importance of these languages for the curricular and extra curricular activities and for the future apostolate, each one shall make serious effort to stick to these languages.



Darsana Institute of Philosophy, Sawangi(Meghe), Wardha, Maharashtra - 442 001
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