Discipleship Formation Program
"Follow me." - Matthew 9:9
What is it?
The purpose of the DFP is to give young adults an opportunity to take a year to orient their lives toward Jesus as they start to take on the challenges of adulthood.
It will prepare you to live a life of virtue so that you are equipped to go out into the world and thrive in your faith, and to share it with others.
It's gonna be fun.
But it's gonna be hard.
But it's gonna be good.
When is it?
It starts in September and goes through April. Precise dates will be determined soon.
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.
How much does it cost?
Cost for Tuition, Textbooks, Room, and Board for the 2022-2023 year:
This is due either in full upon arrival in September, or by ten monthly installments of $800.00 (pre-authorized debit or other electronic payment).
All applicants must complete virtual 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?
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
What happens during the year?
You will receive instruction in courses covering:
The Theological Virtues: faith, hope, and charity
The Cardinal Virtues: prudence, temperance, justice, and fortitude
Development of a personal prayer life
Discovering your spiritual gifts
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
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
Regular community prayer
Group activities (games, fitness, reading)
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 two-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.
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.
The parish church is next door to us. We have our own dedicated chapel.
Our facility used to be a convent for the Sisters 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 oldest part of the building was built over 100 years ago, with several new construction phases since then, most recently in 1995.
We are a short walk from St. Malo Provincial Park.
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.
What COVID-19 precautions will be in place?
It's unfortunate that we have to consider this, but it's a reality of our world now. Not having a plan could jeopardize our ability to operate.
We cannot be sure that a pandemic protocol envisioned well in advance of Sep 2022 will remain either necessary or compliant with public health orders. Here is the current plan (subject to change):
For the first two weeks of the program, we will be in lockdown with only essential support staff coming to the building. Physical distancing and mask wearing will be required when doing common activities.
Any individuals who develop symptoms will be quarantined on site, with their reasonable physical and material needs provided for, except for extreme cases requiring acute care.
Upon completion of that lockdown, we will be a normal household and thus full and open interaction among residents will be permitted.
To reiterate: all this is subject to change.