Formation

Sister and birthday cake 
Now, what [the Mistress] shall endeavor most to make them conceive and well understand is principally the intention which they should have had in the election they have made, of leaving the world to retire to the Monastery, namely, to unite themselves more perfectly to God.      (St. Francis de Sales)

Steps Along the Way

Sr. Erin, postulant

Postulancy

The postulancy, which lasts from six months to a year, is meant to permit a gradual transition from life in the world to life in the novitiate. It allows the postulant to experience living in a contemplative community, to intensify her prayer life and to increase her knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Novitiate

At her reception into the Novitiate, the Sister receives the habit of the Order and the white veil. This period gives the novice space and time to study her response to the call of Christ.

 

First Profession, with Priest

Profession

At the end of the two-year novitiate, the sister makes, for three years, profession of the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience according to the Constitutions of the Order of the Visitation. This is done in a public ceremony during the Eucharistic Liturgy. As a sign of her consecration to the Lord, she receives the silver profession cross and her religious name.

After three years the sister may be admitted to solemn vows. At this time she receives the black veil.

“This is the way, my dear Sisters. Grace will never be wanting to us if we are faithful in seconding its attractions; thus will God bless us and our labors.”      (St. Jane de Chantal)

“Let nothing separate them from the heavenly Spouse…”

Scenes from a Solemn Profession

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Sr. Noel smiling during profession

Sr. Noel smiling during profession

Sr. Noel handling candle

Sr. Noel handling candle

 

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Prostration during the Litany of the Saints

Prostration during the
Litany of the Saints

Pronouncing her vows

Pronouncing her vows

Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair. "May the light of Christ enlighten your path."

Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair. “May the light of Christ enlighten your path.”

Returning to the Sisters' Choir

Returning to the Sisters’ Choir

 

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Sister is congratulated by her brother.

Sister is congratulated by her brother

A Sister thankful to God

A Sister thankful to God