Only when you work as a priest will you know if it feels right for you
Pedagogical Internship and First Tertianship
The study program is interrupted by a 9-month internship and a 3-month tertianship. The former is intended primarily to stimulate and assess the educational ability of the member and therefore preferably takes place in an appropriate facility - the centers of the Schoenstatt Movement, a school, a parish. The latter evaluates the internship and sets the formation of the novitiate on, in order to review and deepen the spiritual life.
Practical Pastoral Training
At the end of the academic studies a first pastoral formation for the priestly ministry begins. This is also the period for the diaconate ordination and the diaconate service with different lengths, usually not more than one year.
After the priestly ordination every confrere spends about 1 to 2 years working in the ordinary pastoral care of a parish. This is followed by concrete appointments to serve the Schoenstatt Movement and the Church. A specific formation may follow, depending on the interest and talent of the individual and the needs of the Institute. Higher studies may also follow towards a master or doctorate degree. The pastoral formation continues a few years after the ordination in a second phase, which helps to evaluate the first pastoral experiences.
After this, the spiritual formation also takes a preliminary conclusion in a 2nd tertianship. This is meant for the workup of all experiences, especially in early childhood, adolescence and career so that the confrere comes to a mature inner balance, so consistent as possible, to be able to wholeheartedly serve other people and be available for the tasks of the Institute.