The word Postulancy came from Latin word “postulare” which means to ask with insistence, determined by a conviction. It is therefore a period wherein the postulant is helped to reach a conviction that he is called by God. Having come to such moral certainty, the postulancy is expected to express his intention to proceed to the next stage of his formation towards the Novitiate.
Postulancy is the formative step that precedes and immediately prepares the postulant the experience of the Rogationist Religious Life in the Novitiate.
As the very first opening and introduction towards the perspective of Religious life, this is a moment of breaking off with the worldly habits.
The name itself, postulancy, determines the nature of this formative stage as a two-way “test”:
-First, from the part of the formators, of the candidates’ real intentions, availability, attitudes and maturity;
-Second, from the part of the candidate, of the reality of his vocation and the correspondence of the Rogationist community lifestyle to his expectations on consecrated life.
In the progressive awareness that only God calls to a life as a disciple of Christ and to communion with Him in the Congregation of the Rogationists, at the end of the postulancy, the candidates shall have reached:
A degree of human and Christian maturity proportional to his age;
A clear awareness of God’s call
A sufficient knowledge of the fundamental demands of the Rogationist Religious life towards which the candidate have started orienting his attitudes and behavior;
A decision to enter the Rogationist Novitiate taken with awareness and freedom from internal and external pressures