Both initial and ongoing formation of the community is centered on a balanced understanding of sacred scripture, and authentic Church teachings, with a special emphasis on our religious and monastic heritage. Candidates are introduced into a prayer life in the overall tradition of the Church. We also study the writings of the Desert Fathers, the mystics of the church, and of theologians throughout the history of the church up through the current day. All Candidates study Nonviolent Communication as taught by Marshall B. Rosenberg (https://www.cnvc.org). All members are expected to spend some time each day in both religious and secular study.