June 2017 – Oklahoma Province OCDS
This statement supersedes all previous statements on re-admissions.

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Re-admissions norms

Read first 2016 Statutes sections VIII and IX.

Definitively professed:

  • If a person resigned from the Order or was dismissed by a local Council, he/she may not return to the Order.
  • If the person was never formally dismissed or resigned, nor completed a transfer to another community, he/she is still a member of the community.

In First Promise (See Statutes VIII.9.a):

  • If any local Council discerned that there is no vocation the person may not be readmitted by another Council.
  • If the person formally withdrew from formation, a Council may discern whether to readmit. A person may be released from First Promise and later readmitted only once.
  • In the case of a person who has been released a second time, if the local Council feels very strongly that the person ought to be readmitted, they may consult with the Provincial Delegate.

Never made First Promise:

  • If any local Council discerned that there is no vocation the person may not be readmitted by another Council.
  • If the person formally withdrew from formation, a local Council may discern whether to readmit.

 

Further considerations/recommendations (not binding)

If a definitively professed member has been out of contact with the community for an extended period, and has not been on Leave of Absence or otherwise excused by the local Council, the Council should explore two primary questions with the member returning to community:

  • What kept you away?
  • What is bringing you back?

Some re-integration would be appropriate, depending on how long and why the member has been away.  A definitively professed member may be asked by the Council to repeat some or all of the formation usual to preparation for the Promise.  Remedial formation on community life, the Promise, and OCDS legislations may be especially valuable.

For a person who is not professed, if the person wants to return, the Council should be very sure that the person understands the commitment.  Readmission should not be allowed out of pity, but only if the Council honestly believes the person shows sign of a vocation and will contribute to the wellbeing of the community.

If the person simply dropped out, the Council should discern very carefully whether or not to readmit.  Walking away without explanation is a strong indicator that the person is not suited to the OCDS vocation, especially community life.

 

The online document is the only one to be considered official.