– On September 14, 21 new novices received their cassocks
at the Legionaries of Christ’s novitiate in Cheshire. 17 of
the young men are from the US, one from Colombia,
one from Ecuador, one from Hong Kong, and one from
Legionaries begin their formation with the 2-year period
of novitiate – a time to grow in prayer and
to learn about the religious life in general, and specifically
about religious life in the Legion. Novices spend a substantial
amount of each day in prayer, as well as study:
their classes include Christology, Spirituality, and Latin, among others. Their
schedule is balanced with regular sports, recreation, and hiking.
Brickner, LC is the Instructor of Novices in Cheshire. His
mission is to help young men discern their call in
life, and to help lay the foundations of religious life
for those who are called to priesthood in the Legion.
of Novices carries a great responsibility,” Fr. Joseph says. “A
novice is one who is new to the religious life.
If a sapling is planted well and nurtured, it becomes
something magnificent later on as a full-grown tree, producing many
fruits. The instructor’s duty is to guide, nurture, and help
the novice to mature and bear fruit that lasts.”
of receiving the cassock is an important step, as it
signals the beginning of the novitiate.
|Br. Joseph Ory, nLC speaks at the ceremony|
“Receiving the uniform
of the Legion of Christ was one of the most
profound experiences of my entire life,” says Br. Andrew Lane
nLC, of Pennsylvania. “When I held the cassock in my
hands for the first time, I felt that with it
came a great responsibility, an important mission given to me
directly from God. This mission is to follow him more
closely as his Legionary; to leave behind the old man,
and to live for him alone.”