Vocations/Becoming a Sister
"Vocation is the place
A religious vocation is a call from God to devote oneself to a life of prayer and service. Often, a person is not at peace until he or she has answered this call. For some of us, this means a life of total surrender in the company of others who have made the same decision. The bond of Community life strengthens our offering and our ministry.
Our motto is, "He must increase; I must decrease."
Becoming a Sister
Applicants must be free of responsibility for family members and free of debt. Good physical and emotional health are required. An applicant must be a member of the Episcopal Church and over 21 years of age. An applicant will spend one month with the Community. During this time there will be physical and psychological examinations, and opportunity to learn our way of life. If accepted, the applicant is received as a postulant.
Postulants share our life for six months before receiving a religious name and habit.
Novices receive a religious name and habit, and spend at least two years learning the Rule, customs, and work of the Community. At the end of the Novitiate, they may be elected to Temporary Vows.
Sisters in Temporary Vows receive the habit of the Community and make Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience for one year. These Vows may be renewed annually for at least three years. At the end of this period, a Sister may be elected to Final Profession.
We encourage anyone interested in becoming a Sister to visit us as often as possible and to participate in our SEARCH Program.
Please contact our Novice Director, Sister Barbara Jean, for more information.