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There are three key stages
in becoming a sister in our congregation

The first is getting to know us and the way we live our life. 

The name given to this stage is Pre-Novitiate and it may last from 6 months to 2 years. During this time you (the Candidate) become familiar with convent life which includes fixed times of prayer, community (the way we share our life) and ministry (the work we do). You are getting to know more about us and we are getting to know more about you.

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The next key stage is the Novititate which lasts for two years, one of which is spent in a house which is designated for that purpose. During this time you will learn more about religious life, our history and the works we do. This is a reflective year with the opportunity to explore your inner life and longings. 

During the second year of Novitiate you will be given opportunities to engage in different forms of ministry either in your own country or other continents where we work.

The third key stage is Temporary Profession which begins with the Profession of the three vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience which are at the core of our life as religious sisters.

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Chastity - a religious sister makes this vow not to marry but to love God with all her mind, heart, soul and strength. This witnesses to the fact that God is enough.

Poverty - the essence of the vow of Poverty is to live simply, to share all things in common and to be content with less, rather than more.

Obedience - the commitment to listen to the voice of God in prayer, in the leadership of the congregation, in the local community and in the people we serve.

Jesus is the role model for the living out of each of these vows which
although may seem unrelated are indeed intertwined. 
The vows are renewed annually for the next three to six years.

At any time during these three stages, you are free to leave the congregation to follow a different path.

Sr Yvonne makes her final Profession December 2008

Final Profession - At the end of the period of Temporary Profession, you take your final vows, promising to live for life the three vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience. This is a sacred moment in your life and in the life of your religious family which you celebrate in the company of your family and friends.

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If you would like more information, or just a chat about life as a sister with our congregation
please contact Sr Una

As a congregation, we have been particularly blessed over the last year to receive four finally professed women into our numbers. The first was Sr Yvonne, above, who was professed in Zambia. To see more about the three UK professions please click here

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