St. Scholastica's Priory, Manila, Philippines

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St. Scholastica's College, Manila

The progressive stages of initial formation  through which candidates are gradually led to definitive incorporation


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The religious vocation and its unfolding is, above all, God’s gift.

The individual called must embrace it as a personal challenge.

Those who freely respond to God’s call by entering the Congregation must be prepared to surrender   themselves wholly to Christ; by doing so, they will be enabled to serve others according to God’s plan of salvation.

Formation is essentially a lifelong process of transformation into Christ.

From the Constitutions of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing p.


The Pre-Novitiate

Initial formation of aspirants to the Missionary Benedictine life is done with the guidance
of a Formation team headed by the Novice Directress until the first profession of
monastic vows.  Formandae live in the Formation House located in Marikina City.


The Aspirancy is the first stage of the formation program in the Manila Priory. Due attention is given to the gradual and progressive character of the initiation process during this initial stage. The aspirants are admitted to the community of the Formation House but they do not share fully in all the life of the professed Sisters and vices. They live in separate quarters, they have theIr own dining room, they pray by themselves during the first three months, and they recreate among themselves. These allow greater interaction among themselves, and in the process, they discover themselves and their dynamics in relating with different personalities.

St. Cecila's Hall, Manila

St. Cecila's Hall, Manila

The postulants are introduced to the nature of religious life and to the spirituality and history of our Congregation through prayer, work, study and personal guidance.

Their participation in the social and apostolic activities of the community provides an opportunity to discern whether or not they have the attitudes and aptitudes which are necessary for missionary service.


The Novitiate is the stage of formation when life in the Congregation starts. This is the time given to novices to experience our Benedictine way of life, to be formed in mind and heart according to the spirit of our Congregation, and to ascertain the presence of a Benedictine vocation.

At the Rite of Initiation into the novitiate, the postulants are taken into the community of professed sisters and novices. They have their own quarters for sleeping and for studies, but they join the professed sisters for prayer, meals and recreation.

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St. Scholastica's College, Westgrove

Juniors I. In the first phase of their formation, the juniors, together with their Directress, form the juniorate community which is a part of the Priory House community. The newly professed have full-time formation studies as their major assignment. They assist in the house and other chores on a rotation basis. This brings them in direct contact with the perpetually professed sisters, especially the house officials. They participate in the preparation of the liturgy as part of their training and community involvement. In addition, they do apostolate outside the community. One or the other may be asked to teach at the College’s Night Secondary School.

Juniors II and III. Juniors in the province communities are integrated into the life of the community. Here they are provided with direct apostolic involvement and with maximum opportunities to learn how to integrate prayer and work, just like any perpetually professed sister. On a case-to-case basis, a junior sister goes through professional training during the province assignment.

At the end of the school year the juniors return to the juniorate for the summer program which includes a vacation, homeleave and other activities.



Juniors IV. Renewal of vows precedes this second year of formative studies. These juniors spend the year in the Priory House to complete the requirements of the program of studies for initial formation. They are assigned to work with the perpetually professed sisters, have household work, and apostolate outside the community, e.g. teaching in the College’s Night Secondary School. They participate in the life of the juniorate and the Priory House community.


Juniors V. This last phase of the juniorate is devoted to intensive preparation for final profession. Renewal of vows ushers in this period. This phase has the character of a second novitiate, with some separation from family and friends. During this time

  • Homeleave is not allowed.

  • Attendance at concerts, social functions, cultural shows, movies and going out with visitors are limited.

The program of studies emphasizes the practical study of the vows and monastic living. Involvement in the social apostolate is primarily through conducting recollections. To intensify the integration of Ora  et Labora, the junior is led to experience the rhythm of regular community prayer, lectio, and manual work. They also share the richness of their Ora  et Labora with the students of St. Scholastica’s College through the giving of retreats. To deepen the understanding of the vowed life and our life of prayer, the preparation is capped by a month-long sharing life in a community of the poor (e.g. farmers, workers, fishermen, urban poor, indigenous people) and a month-long desert experience.


2560 Leon Guinto Sr. 1004 Malate, Manila
Telephone # (02) 254-1524 / (02) 559-8075
Cell No. 0922 20793412

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St. Scholastica's Priory
2560 Leon Guinto St.1004 Malate, Manila, Philippines
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