LISTEN FOR HIS CALL
It may start as a small nudge in your heart—a new interest in getting closer to God. It may be a feeling that you can do more with your gifts. It may be a growing desire to make a difference in the world. The call to life as a Salvatorian brother or priest is unique for each individual—just as the Salvatorian way is unique. We invite you to learn more about us, and to explore whether you may be called to help others experience the joy of God’s presence in their lives.
Steps to Formation
Our five-step formation program helps you grow in your Salvatorian identity while preparing to minister to God's people.
Step 1: Candidature
In his first year, the candidate is introduced to Salvatorian life. He lives at one of four communities, engages with others in formation and participates in part-time ministry. He attends formation classes and works closely with his Salvatorian sponsor to discern entrance into novitiate.
Step 2: Novitiate
The novitiate stage of formation leads the novice more deeply into Salvatorian religious life, especially in the areas of prayer, liturgy, and part-time volunteer ministry. Novices live at the novitiate and take classes on Salvatorian life and identity. A major focus is to discern readiness to take the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the Society of the Divine Savior.
Step 3: Temporary Vows
Temporary vows are taken annually for at least three years while the new member prepares for ministry as a Salvatorian priest or brother. Seminarians participate in the four-year program of studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Brothers take classes geared toward their particular ministry, or, if already prepared, begin their professional ministry. Temporarily professed members also have opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of our international charism through overseas experiences. Both seminarians and brothers complete a year of supervised apostolic ministry before final vows.
Step 4: Final Vows
Upon completing the period of temporary vows, the new member takes final vows as a life-professed member of the Society of the Divine Savior. Those preparing for ordination are normally ordained a deacon at the beginning of their fourth year of seminary studies, with ordination to priesthood following completion of the master of divinity degree. The brother continues in the ministry he has discerned with the leadership of the Salvatorian community.
Step 5: Lifetime Formation
Each Salvatorian priest or brother continues formation throughout the rest of his life. We’re committed to ongoing growth and reflection on the meaning of being a Salvatorian who proclaims Christ’s love to the world.