“What joy it is to have such good sisters!” (Mother Francis Bachmann–Foundress)
Can a person who has some sexual experience ever become a sister?
We will require an extended period of celibate chastity (no sexual relations) before acceptance into our formation program but, yes, you may become a sister.
Can someone who was married become a sister?
Yes. If the spouse died or the marriage was annulled (determined to be invalid by the Church), a person may pursue vowed commitment in our congregation.
What if a person believes something that is in opposition to official Church teaching?
Someone pursuing religious life must be able to work within the Church and respect the teaching authority and magisterium of the Church. There are different levels of teachings so there is some room for discussion/disagreement at the lower levels but when it comes to dogma, doctrine, etc., there isn’t much room for opposition. Many canonized saints have challenged the institutional Church. A spiritual director or vocation minister can help you sort this out.
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What if the thought of making a permanent commitment seems scary?
Most people have some anxiety around major commitments in life. Our formation program will assist you in processing this fear by providing time and space to discern God’s desire before making a permanent commitment. It is all part of the discernment process along with a spiritual director.
Won’t a person be lonely? What about maintaining relationships with family and friends?
All people have some lonely times in their lives. However, these are usually short-lived. If religious life is truly where you have been called, engaging in meaningful ministry and maintaining good friendships and connection with family are highly satisfying. So, yes, we want you to have healthy and holy relationships inside and outside of the congregation while living celibacy.
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