After first profession, “…there begins a new period of religious formation, characterized by the philosophical and theological studies. This is carried out according to the norms of the Canon Law, and the most recent documents of the Magisterium, in order to achieve an authentic integral formation: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation (Const., 258).”
We have Juniorate Houses in Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Italy, USA, and the Philippines.
Program of Studies The program of studies lasts three years. The first two years are spent in the local Juniorate, and in the third year the sisters study at the San Bruno Center for Higher Studies in Segni, Italy run by the priests and sisters of our Religious Family.
Our studies include Philosophy, Theology, Dogmatic Treatises, Sacred Scriptures, Spirituality, Church History, and a language program.
- Philosophy: History of Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, History of Modern & Contemporary Philosophy; Logic, Cosmology (Philosophy of Nature), Philosophical Anthropology, Gnoseology (Philosophy of Knowledge), Metaphysics.
- Theology: Fundamental Theology: De Revelatione, De Vera Ecclesia; Fundamental Moral Theology, Special Moral Theology (Cardinal and Theological Virtues), Social Doctrine, Theological Anthropology; Dogmatic Treatises of Deo Uno, Deo Creante, Deo Trino, De Verbo Incarnato, De Sacramentis; Eschatology, Ecclesiology, and Mariology.
- Sacred Scripture: Introduction to the Sacred Scriptures (Principles of Biblical Studies); New Testament Exegesis: Synoptic Gospels, Gospel of St. John, Letters of St. John and Revelation, Letters of St. Paul; Old Testament Exegesis: Pentateuch, Prophets, Wisdom Literature.
- Spirituality: Spiritual Theology, Vita Consecrata (Theology of Consecrated Life)
- History of the Church: Early and Medieval, Modern and Contemporary
- Language Program: Latin and Spanish.
As part of our intellectual formation, the sisters prepare and present cultural and historical expositions, attend the annual Biblical Conference, and participate in the annual IVE Thomistic Studies (Philosophy Conferences). We also design and publish a newsletter and maintain the website for the Province.
Preference for St. Thomas Aquinas In #227 of our Constitutions we see how our Juniorate program gives special “…preference to the works of Saint Thomas Aquinas, because we have to be formed ‘under his magisterium, (Cf. Optatam Totius, 16)’ and hold him ‘principally as teacher (Code of Canon Law, 252)’ for the following reasons:
- He ‘illumined the Church more than all the other doctors. In his books, one profits more in only one year than in the study of all the others during his whole life (John XXII, Allocution in the Consistory, June 14, 1323).’
- He ‘most venerated the ancient doctors of the Church, in a certain way he seems to have inherited the intellect of all (Cajetan, Commentary on Summa Theologiae, II-II, 148, 9, 4. Quoted by Leo XIII, Aeterni Patris, 10).’
- The ‘Church has proclaimed that the doctrine of Saint Thomas is her own (Benedict XV, Fausto Appetente Die, 4b).’
- God has willed that by the strength and truth of the doctrine of the Angelic Doctor ‘all the heresies and error that would follow will be driven away, confounded and condemned. (Saint Pius V, Mirabilis Deus, cf. Leo XIII, Aeterni Patris, 13)’
- His knowledge is of undeniable and fundamental importance for the right interpretation of Sacred Scriptures, so to transcend the sensible and to reach union with God; to build the edifice of Sacred Theology upon the solid basis provided by a profound knowledge of the philosophy of being — ‘a philosophical patrimony perennially valid. (Code of Canon Law, 251)’ We also need to keep in mind all the advances of philosophical investigation.”