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Path to Vowed Life

Discernment

A woman spends time praying and visiting with the community, listening to her heart and to the direction of a Vocation Director in helping her decide if there is a compatibility in spirituality and lifestyle.

Guest in Discernment

After coming to a mutual agreement about God’s call to the community a woman begins a residency period to further discern her vocation.  She continues to support herself independently.  The woman who is living in the monastery in discernment continues to meet with the Vocation Director to assist in her deliberations.

Postulancy

As a woman becomes accustomed to life in the monastery she may ask to be received as a postulant and take the first formal step into the monastic community.  This period may last from six months to two years during which the woman meets with the Formation team for classes and direction.  The postulant is financially independent maintaining employment during this time.

Novitiate

The next step of incorporation is the canonical year of novitiate.  This year is a period of spiritual development through prayer, study and work. During this time the new member becomes more familiar with Benedictine spirituality and tradition and is immersed in the monastic lifestyle.  One year of novitiate is required by Canon Law, it may be extended to two years.

Scholasticate

Successfully completing the novitiate and feeling drawn into further incorporation into the community the novice petitions to make first vows of obedience, stability and fidelity to the monastic way of life.  With the approval of the community she enters into the experience of monastic vowed commitment and fuller integration in ministry.  The Scholasticate is for a minimum of three years but may be extended.

Perpetual Monastic Profession

Perpetual profession of monastic vows is not the end but the continuing of a woman’s monastic journey.  Each day she will continue to “seek God” and to “faithfully incline the ear of her heart”.

 

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