Initial Formation

Montfort Nilayam – Thokannamotta, Kasaragod, Kerala
The name of the house signifies “Home of Montfort”. It is located in the diocese of Kannur covering an area of 4988 sqkms. The total catholic population of the diocese is around 38,500 plus. The languages spoken in this region are Malayalam, Kannada, Konkani.

The community house is located at a distance of 18kms from the town of Kasaragod. The Bekal Fort Resort and Railway Station are just 4kms from the village. Our community can be also reached from two nearest villages along the highway – Periyatadakkam and Kuniya. The house was established in the year 2007. The land measures around 7.99acres. It is lush green during monsoon season and golden brown during the summer. The property has coconut, cashew, fruit saplings, and also a vegetable garden.

As numbers were growing, it was felt by the entity to establish a house in Kerala for the purpose of local vocations and for the benefit of training our aspirants in a different cultural atmosphere. A batch of aspirants had been trained here earlier.

Presently, this house is designated for Pre-Novitiate.As pre-novices, aged 19-25, who have completed their Pre-University studies or University Degree, the young men are invited to verify their desires and aspirations through openness and transparency. The special objective of this stage is: to grow and integrate in the knowledge of himself, his strengths, his limitations, his sexuality; identifyhow his family of origin has influenced his development; deepen the value of the life of faith, consecrated life and fraternal communion; and contribute to the community by participating in the manual work necessary for the upkeep of the house.

From the part of the entity, it commits itself to an honest discernment of the pre-novice to be admitted to the novitiate, after knowing his ability to follow the Montfortian vocation. Candidates who are able to decide responsibly are invited to enter into the intense spiritual experience of the novitiate.

The process is designed to give a holistic formation for the candidate through personal accompaniment, experiences of prayer, development of skills, writing spiritual autobiography, apostolic experiences, appreciating cultures, integrating intellectual formation. At the end of the pre-novitiate process the candidate is asked to make a formal request to join the novitiate, while those responsible for this stage recommend him by presenting their own evaluation of him.
Sneha Bhavan – Kanathi, Chickmagalur, Karnataka
“Sneha Bhavan” signifies “Home of Friendship”. The community is located in the diocese of Chickmagalur covering an area of 14015 sqkms. The total Catholic population is 300,000 plus. The languages spoken in this region are Kannada, Tulu, Konkani and Urdu.

The property of 80 acres, purchased in 1989, consist mainly of Coffee plantation. It was named Montfort Estate. The house is situated 36kms from the main town of Chickmagalur. The community was named Sneha Bhavan in 1992, when it was established as a Novitiate.Sneha Bhavan lies down in the valley in the midst of dense Bhadra reserved forest. It is situated in a village called Kanathi, neighbouring several coffee plantations. The state highway runs through the property, connecting the towns of Aldur and Balehonnur.

For several years from 1992, the house was used to train novices. A few years in between it was used for Aspirancy for the II PUC finished students. Right now aspirants who have finished Secondary School are being formed there, especially those hailing from Karnataka, Kerala and the North.
Montfort Niwas – Marudanallur, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu
The name signifies “Residence of Montfort”. The community house is located in the diocese of Kumbakonam, covering an area of 7823 sqkms. Its total catholic population is around 200,000 and the language spoken in the region is Tamil. Kumbakonamis famous for its numerous temples, and therefore rightly called the Temple Town.

The community house is located about 6-7kms from the town of Kumbakonam, in the village of Marudanallur. The land in our property measures 4 acres. The surrounding consists of friendly neighbours of middle class families. On the property there is a lush green vegetation, with plenty of water from the River Cauvery. During the year, various crops are cultivated.

The community house was established in the year 1995 as an apostolic community, to respond to the needs of the local church, in view of preaching parish missions. In order to promote local vocations, the house was then established as a house of formation. The house was earlier used for Pre-Novitiate formation. Presently, from this year on it is being used as a house for Aspirancy.
Guru Mandir – Mysore, Karnataka
The name signifies “Abode of the Master”. It is located in the diocese of Mysore, which covers an area of 21,051 sqkms. With a catholic population of 94,500. The languages spoken and understood in the region are Kannada, Tamil, Konkani, and Urdu.

Guru Mandir is located within the city limits of Mysore and it is 4-5kms from the centre. The city is also known as the City of Palaces. The property was purchased from the Sisters of Notre Dame. This house which was originally owned by the royals, was purchased from the Sisters of Notre-Dame who moved to another house within the city. Guru Mandir was established in the year 1982, as the Minor Seminary, where our aspirants made their first entry into the Montfortian family. The frontal view of the house faces the well-known Chamundi Hill, and not too far from the residence across the road is situated the famous LalithaMahal Palace. Hardly a kilometretowards the right one finds the Mysore Race Course and the Mysore zoo.

It is here, that candidates who have completed their period of Aspirancy, are welcomedfor their Postulancy. They are aged 16-17, and hence are sent to a nearby educational institution run by the Mysore diocese for their Pre-University College education, which lasts for two years. The process of thisstage is “to start afresh from Christ the Lord and Master” – from the abode of the Master – Guru Mandir. The process focuses on enabling the postulant to perceive Christ as his model and to be lead to remain faithful to his discerned vocation. As such, the specific goal of this stage is to help the young postulant to live together in the community; clarify and appreciate his vocation; be faithful to his academic education; develop his individual talents for the benefit of the community; face separation from the family by opening himself to new relationships in the community and at college; be initiated with the missionary character of the congregation through social insertion and Ashram experience; and accept and appreciate his body as God’s gift and grow into a healthy person.
Maria Bhavan – Christ School Road, Bangalore, Karnataka
The name signifies “the abode of Mary”. The house is located in the Archdiocese of Bangalore, which covers an area of 27, 173 sq. kms., with a total catholic population to 425,000. The languages spoken in the region are Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Hindi and Urdu. Bangalore is termed as the Garden City.

Maria Bhavan has 4 acres of land situated along Christ School Road. It was built 1978, and in fact the first Montfortian house in India.The location is also a centre for various religious institutions. In fact this house is within the campus of Dharmaram Vidhya Kshetram and Christ University which are run by the Carmelite Fathers of Immaculate Mary.At the beginning (1978 to 1981), the house was accommodated all the stages of formation. Later the novitiate and the postulancy were shifted to Mysore, and so Maria Bhavan became an exclusive house of formation for the professed members to study Philosophy and Theology. The professed live in this house for a period of six to seven years before they complete their ecclesiastical studies. For their Philosophical, Secular and Theological studies they attend at DharmaramVidyaKshetram and the Christ University.

Outside their regular studies, the professed members are under guidance from the formators in the house, with inputs on Montfortian Spirituality, Consecrated Life, Psychological & Affective Development. Members from other congregations are invited forMonthly Recollections & Annual Retreat. The professed members involve themselves in Social Exposures and Pastoral Apostolate during week-ends. They also contribute their mite to the house by way of its maintenance and manual work in the kitchen garden.

During this period of formation, a year of Apostolic Experience is offered to the professed members after the completion of Philosophical studies. They are either sent to our Formation or Mission houses, or inserted in a parish in a diocesan setup. The experience is evaluated at the end of year by persons under whose care the professed member has carried out his responsibilities. Before the end of the academic year, they are invited to make a self-evaluation of their religious living, and apply for the renewal of vows.

Before the end of their ecclesiastical studies, that is, theology, they apply for their Final Vows, after which they are conferred the Order of Deaconate. They exercise this ministry for a period of six months, preferably in a parish atmosphere, and under a competent person. At the end of the six months ministry the candidates are ordained priests.