The formation journey begins with postulancy which usually lasts from six months to a year and takes place in a Passionist Community. The postulancy is an introduction to living in a religious community. Religious Formation has spiritual, intellectual and human dimensions, and formation in all of these areas begins during the time of postulancy. Postulants share in the prayer life of the community and are introduced to the Liturgy of the Church. The teachings of the Church are also studied and the postulants are introduced to the spirituality and history of the Passionists. Spiritual Direction is an essential element of formation at this stage, as it will be throughout the person’s Passionist Life. During the postulancy, the candidates have their ﬁrst experience of the apostolate and ministries of the Province.