The Formation Process

The Initial Formation Process

After a woman has been in contact with us, visited, and both she and we feel that she may have a vocation to our monastic life she is invited to come for a 3 month live in period.  After that time, if both she and community discern that God is indeed calling her to pursue our monastic vocation, postulancy begins.

Postulant receiving the habit and white veil during Clothing Ceremony

Postulancy

Postulancy is the first step in the formation process.  During this time, she attends classes that introduce her to the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic life, The Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina, and scripture.  The postulancy is usually one year.

Pictured: Postulant receiving the habit and white veil during Clothing Ceremony
After being clothed in the habit

Novice

At the beginning of the Novitiate, the new novice is presented with the habit and white veil.  During this two year period, she continues to attend classes that will further her understanding and appreciation of our monastic life.  It is a time of deepening one’s prayer life and trying one’s monastic vocation.

Pictured: After being clothed in the habit
Newly professed Sister receiving the black veil

Triennial Vows (vows for three years)

With the profession of Triennial Vows, the newly professed Sister receives the black veil and her religious name.  During this time she continues to attend classes and grows deeper both in her vocation and in our community life.

Pictured: Newly professed Sister receiving the black veil
Receiving the Breviary at Solemn Profession

Solemn Vows

At the end of her Triennial Profession, the Sister having fully discerned her vocation and completing her formation period, makes Solemn (or life time) Profession.  This fully incorporates her into the monastic community.  During the profession ceremony, she receives the double veil (black veil with white liner), ring and profession wreath, breviary and candle. 

Pictured: Receiving the Breviary at Solemn Profession