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Discipleship Formation Program

"Follow me." - Matthew 9:9

What is it?

Join us for an adventure in faith and community!

 

The DFP is a year for young people to live and learn in community, to develop their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and to grow in the their missionary zeal through practical service and ministry.

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Come & See

Friday Jun 3, 7:00 PM - Saturday Jun 4, 10:00 PM

If you're interested in what our Discipleship Formation Program will look like, come and spend a day & night at the CSE for a taste of it.

Bring your own Bible, bedding, and whatever else you need to stay overnight. Musical instruments and board games are welcome too!

The event will conclude with the vigil Mass for the Feast of Pentecost.

No charge! (donations gratefully accepted)

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Info Sessions

If you missed our live information sessions, here is a recorded version for you to watch at your convenience (about 30 minutes).

When is it?

It starts Sep 12, 2022 and goes through Apr 28, 2023, with a three week break over Christmas.

Who is it for?

This is primarily for single Catholic young adults who have completed high school and have yet to make big decisions towards school, work, or vocation (marriage, priesthood, or consecrated life).

 

This is secondarily for older single Catholic adults who have started on life’s journey but want a chance to pause and reorient themselves.

Other single Christians and people of non-Christian belief are welcome, but they must accept that the instruction received and community life lived will be Catholic in character.

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What is the facility like?

We are located in the small rural town of St. Malo, Manitoba, south of Winnipeg and less than an hour’s drive from the Minnesota border.

Our facility used to be a convent for the Daughters of the Cross who taught at the town’s school back in the day. We took over their facility in 1992 when we opened.

The parish church is next door to us, an enormous and beautiful twin-spired architectural landmark of the area.

 

We have our own dedicated chapel, with the Blessed Sacrament. You would live under the same roof as Jesus!

Ascension Hall is our a primary meeting area and common space, and we have other smaller lounges and meeting rooms. Outside, we have a large backyard and firepit.


The oldest part of the building was built over 100 years ago, with several new renovations and additions since then.

We are across the highway from beautiful St. Malo Provincial Park and the official diocesan Lourdes Grotto Shrine.

We have three separate dormitory areas. One is used primarily by our resident Missionary Family. The other two will be used by the men and women of the DFP.

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What happens during the year?

​You will receive instruction in courses covering:

  • Development of a personal prayer life

  • Discovering your spiritual gifts

  • Sacred Scripture

  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • Liturgy

  • Church teaching on Human Sexuality

  • Essentials of Evangelization

  • Many other topics on how to be an authentic Catholic missionary disciple - our curriculum is a living & evolving entity

 

You will put the virtues into practice by participating in intentional activities such as:

  • Frequent reception of the Sacraments

  • Ascetic disciplines

  • Regular community prayer

  • Meals

  • Household chores

  • Group activities (games, fitness, reading, to name a few)

  • Outreach projects
     

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Community Expectations

You will live, study, work, and recreate in community with other young Catholics (program capacity is 24 people maximum).

Participating in all group activities is the norm. Exceptions must be approved by a member of the program leadership team. There will be personal time built into the schedule.

Students will remain on site for the whole year, with a three-week break to return home over the Christmas holidays.

Illegal drugs and cannabis are not permitted. If you are a smoker or vaper, reasonable accommodations will be made to allow for smoking or vaping outside, as it is not permitted inside our building.

 

Men and women may not enter each other’s dorms.

 

In close human contact, romantic attractions are inevitable. To minimize distractions, students are required to put the exploration of new romantic relationships on hold during their time in the DFP.

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How much does it cost?

Cost for Tuition, Textbooks, Room, and Board for the 2022-2023 year:

$5000.00 CAD

If this is a barrier, don't let that stop you from applying. We can assist with fundraising tips and other solutions.

Admissions Policy

All applicants must complete virtual or in-person interviews and provide references.


This will not be first-come first-served. We want to offer this program to those who are genuinely disposed to receive what it can do for them.

What should I bring?

  • Your Bible

  • A new copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • Clothing (for fall, winter, spring, summer) & toiletries

  • A laptop computer for homework & assignments

  • A journal, stationery, and any personal reading materials you would like

  • Whatever (reasonable) supplies you need for your creative hobbies

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