Steps to Becoming a Sister

Steps to Becoming a Sister

Are you interested in responding to a call to consecrated life? The steps to becoming a Sister may take from 7 to 9 years. During that time, you and the community mutually discern whether God is calling you to be a Sister. During this time, you will live in community and minister alongside the Sisters. It is a time of study, prayer, scripture, theology, history, Charism and spirit of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, holistic growth and development.

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The Process

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Inquiry
Contact a vocation minister
You and the vocation minister agree the call to be a Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sister seems to be strong in you

Candidacy (1-2 years)
Meet regularly with a vocation minister
Prayerfully consider God’s invitation
Visit local communities for prayer/dinner
Attend Congregational events
Experience live-in weeks

Postulancy (1-2 years)
Meet regularly with a formation minister
Live in a local community of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady
Participate in classes/workshops with postulants of other congregations
Continue working in your non-Franciscan employment

Novitiate (2 years)
Meet regularly with a formation minister
Integrate a prayerful life with service
Discern God’s action through a deepening relationship with Him
Live in a local Novitiate community
Participate in the Franciscan Common Novitiate
Pray and study scripture, theology, history, charism and spirit of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, and continue your holistic growth and development
Prepare to live the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience

Temporary Vows (3-6 years)
Initial commitment
Meet with a formation minister
Participate in mission and ministry of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady
Prepare for permanent commitment in the Congregation

Perpetual Profession
Permanent commitment in the Congregation