Premanjali, Byrathi, Bangalore was the centre for all three Provinces for the formation of novices from Jan 24, 1987. Prior to that the novitiate was at St.Thomas town, Bangalore.
The number of novices became too many to be accommodated in Premanjali. Hence in 2005 the second year novices were housed in Adrien Nivas at Geddalahalli, Bangalore.
The lack of space in Adrien Nivas again made it necessary to shift the second year novices from there to ‘Arpana’-Tirupattur in 2007
Sr. Virgy who was the directress of the second year novices at Adrien Nivas from June 2006 returned to Tirupattur in May 2007 along with the novices. An assistant from north Province was appointed to help her in executing the formation programme.
|Name of the directress||Period||Assistants||Place|
|Sr.Virgy||2007 – 2008||Srs. Lilly K & Roseline Aind||Tirupattur|
|2008 – 2009||Sr. Lilly K. & Sr.Gemma Kujur|
|Sr.VictoriaArul Rani||2009 – 2010||Sr. Cecily T & Sr. Gemma Kujur||Tirupattur|
|Sr.Elizabeth Chacko||2010 – 2011||Srs.Victoria Arul Rani & Rathna Kumari||Tirupattur|
|Sr..Elizabeth Chacko||2011 – 2012||Srs.Lilly and Saral||Tirupattur|
|Sr..Elizabeth Chacko||2012 – 2014||Sr.Lazar Mary||Tirupattur|
In the year 2010 a new discernment was made regarding the formation of novices. After having studied the pros and cons of various proposals, Rev. Mother Benedicta, the Superior General and her council decided to have two Novitiates – one at Premanjali, Bangalore with Sr. Josita Manavalan as the Directress of novices assisted by Sr.Wilma and Sr. Pramila D’Almeida and the other at ‘Arpana’, Tirupattur with Sr. Elizabeth Chacko as the Directress of Novices assisted by Sr. Victoria Arul Rani and Sr. Ratnakumari.
In these two novitiates, novices of both the years (1st and 2nd years) are under training. The grouping of the novices into two is done by dividing the Postulants of each Province in to two groups through casting lots.
In the year 2010- 2011 the novices in ‘Arpana’ comprised only of the first years as that was the year, this system of grouping had begun. These mixed groups of novices spend both the years of their formation in the same place but their ‘Live in Experience’ and community experience programme are to be in places of their respective provinces.
On a regular basis the second year novices have exposure programmes for a month followed by 2 months of community experience. These are very enriching experiences for them and the Directresses follow them up wherever they are. They have 3 days retreat preached by one of our Sisters and 8 days retreat by a priest. The second year novices have Charism retreat preached by our sisters.
Apart from their regular classes given by the formation team, a few of our Sisters specialized in specific topics are called to conduct courses and seminars.
They have Eucharistic celebration on Saturdays in the novitiate chapel and twice a week in the Convent chapel. On other days they attend the Mass in Don Bosco chapel. Feast days and national cultural days are celebrated in the minor seminary chapel at Don Bosco. Our formees are benefitted spiritually and intellectually as they participate in these spiritual and some of the social gatherings held in the institutions run by the Salesians.
To be inculturated, the novices visit the homes in the neighbourhood. They take part in the church activities by teaching Catechism on Sundays and by helping in the evening tuition centre for poor children in our premises. All the three Provincials visit the novices at least once a year. Our Sisters from foreign missions address the novices and instill in them the missionary zeal during their visits. Instructive movies and documentary films are shown to the novices to have a wider vision of the world around them. They attend all the important functions of St.Charles High School and render help whenever needed. On the whole, ‘Arpana’ facilitates the all round formation to enhance the holistic growth of the novices. The first year novices as per Canon law spend more time in seclusion and silence.