Different stages of the formation

The formation of the sisters proceeds in different stages: postulancy, novitiate, juniorate and ongoing formation according to the guidelines of Canon Law and our Constitutions. (Constitutions art. 87):

  • Postulancy

    The postulancy is a probationary period for the postulant and for the Congregation. Both of them examine motives and ability for a life according to the evangelical counsels in our Congregation. The postulant discerns her vocation and prepares for the novitiate.

    The postulant is always free to leave the Congregation. She can be dismissed also by the competent Superior in agreement with her council.

  • The Novitiate

    The aim of the novitiate is to introduce the novice to the holy vocation proper to our Institute. She has to learn the charism and the spirituality of our Institute as well as our way of life. Together with those responsible for the novitiate, the novice may discern her calling and in freedom decide whether she can accept a life according to the evangelical counsels and follow our Lord Jesus Christ as a religious. (Canon 646)

    The novitiate lasts for two years. Of these, twelve months (the canonical year of the novitiate) are spent in the house of the novitiate and are used for the intensive growth of the spiritual life and of the personality. During the second year, the novice will experience the unity between spiritual life and apostolic activities.

    At the end of the novitiate, the novice can be admitted to make her temporary vows, means make her first religious profession.

    In the tradition of the Church, religious profession is considered as a fruitful deepening of the baptismal consecration. Through this consecration we are intimately united to Christ; (Vita Consecrata 14)

  • The Juniorate

    After the first religious profession (temporary vows) begins the juniorate period. As a rule, the duration of the temporary vows is six years. During the first three years, the vows are successively taken for one year, after that for three years. After six years, sister will make the final profession means she makes her vows for her whole life:

    vow of poverty,
    of chastity for the sake of the Kingdom of God
    and obedience.

    The formation started in the novitiate is to be continued in juniorate. It covers the spiritual, human and professional aspects. The aim of junorate is personal maturity and a continued intensity of the consecrated life. Thus, the sister prepares for the profession of the perpetual vows in full freedom.

  • Ongoing formation

    Sisters have to continue their spiritual, theoretical and practical education and renew their professional knowledge. The ongoing formation serves the realization of one’s vocation and the mission of the Congregation.

    The consecrated persons, in each stage of their life, should refer to the aim of the formation: Seek to love God with “his whole heart, with his whole soul and with his whole strength” and “his neighbor as himself!” Love of God and of brethren is a dynamical strength which can be constantly be a source of inspiration on the path of growth and fidelity; (Vita Consecrata 71)