The recent Ratio for the formation of future priests, which came into effect in December 2016, stipulates that every entry to the seminary must be preceded by a propaedeutic year, thus making systematic and universal a practice that was already widespread. After presenting its project to the Congregation for the Clergy, in September 2016 the Community of Saint Martin set up a propaedeutic year, known as the “Year of Saint Martin”, which precedes the actual entry into the House of Formation. The main feature of this ” Year of Saint Martin ” is that it is a propaedeutic year adapted to the specific character of the Community of Saint Martin. The young men who take part in this year of pre-discernment, benefit from both dedicated framework and place, and follow a programme based on four major themes: learning about communal and fraternal life as it is lived in the Community of Saint Martin; initiation to the spiritual and liturgical life (including, among other fundamental elements, the lectio divina, continuous reading of the Bible, prayer, personalised spiritual accompaniment and the discovery of the figure of Saint Martin); acquiring the basics of intellectual training (introductory subjects, catechetical training, general culture, study methods, etc.) and lastly, through works of charity, introductions to the apostolic work and retreats; they obtain a deeper understanding of vocational discernment. At the end of this ” Year of Saint Martin “, the young men can make an official application for admission to the House of Formation of the Saint Martin Community.