Happy New Year to all.
Sorry to be getting back so slowly, on inquirer/candidate formation.......
It's almost always a one on one basis. In general we only have one person in formation at a time and occasionally 2, but unless they started at the same time (like a married couple), then generally they are kept separate. Formation occurs during the 1st meeting of the month with the Professed in one room and the non (right now the one Candidate) in another with the formation director (or designate).
"Fully Mature In The Fulness of Christ" -------- is what is being used currently for inquirer/candidate formation and generally, it's one chapter a month. I have been told that we are required in our Region to exclusively use this work, but I'm not really sure this is the actual case. Personally, I'm not in love with the work, but I have found that the selected required readings (passages at the end) to be important points to base discussions on.
"Catch Me a Rainbow Too" - (out of print?) is used for post Profession, but is left to the person on their own to actually use or not.
Two other works are critical to know in our local fraternity:
"Poverello" by Mark Hegener is required reading for any body who is interested or on their way to become an Inquirer. We provide this free for the asking. :)
"Francis: the Journey and the Dream" is essential (and de facto required) of all Candidates and the Professed. More than a working knowledge is needed of it's chapters and themes.
The Professed are working their ways through the Constitution. We spent about a year on the rule. Also we are "blazing" our ways through "To Cling with all her Heart to Him: the Spirituality of St. Clare of Assissi'" Benert Fonch, OFM. After almost a year we are just over 1/2 through the book.