Stages of Formation
Discerner: Pre-entrance program
at the Discernment House provides opportunities to
become more acquainted with the prayer, spirit and work of the Sisters.
Postulant: During this stage of continued
discernment, postulants live at the Discernment House and spend time deepening a life of prayer and service while learning about
the life of the Sisters. This stage often includes opportunity for
observation and service at our schools.
Novice: A 2-year program; the novice receives the habit
of the community and a religious name, studies the constitutions and
customs of the community, deepens a life of prayer and love for God, and
becomes more deeply a contemplative; the first year is spent at the
Motherhouse while the second year consists of integrating the
contemplative dimension of the lives of the Sisters with the apostolic
zeal that is manifest in their apostolate of Catholic education.
Sister in First Vows: Normally
the 5 years after the first profession of the vows of chastity, poverty,
and obedience that are renewed yearly; the Sister continues her
education and is assigned an apostolic mission in the Catholic schools
when her education is complete.
Perpetually Professed Sister:
the stage of on-going formation which begins after perpetual profession
and continues until death; the Sister continues to strive to incorporate
her contemplative mission with her apostolic zeal while deepening her
love for and commitment to the community.