Become a Sister
Becoming a vowed member of the Sisters of Charity is a gradual process of mutual discernment.
To explore vowed membership with the Sisters of Charity:
you must be:
- a single woman
- a practicing Catholic for at least 3 years
- in good physical and mental health
you must have:
- education or work experience beyond high school
- a sense of God's call
- a desire to respond in loving service to those most in need
Steps in Becoming a Sister
Pre-entrance is a period of preparation preceding entrance, which enables the individual and the Congregation to become acquainted and mutually discern her call and readiness for affiliation with the Sisters of Charity. Discernment is a process of praying and sharing in order to understand the will of God.
Affiliation is a period of gradual involvement in the Congregation. As an affiliate a woman lives in a Sister of Charity community while continuing to work and discern her readiness for further commitment.
Canonical Novitiate further incorporates the woman into the Congregation. The purpose of this time is to learn more about religious life, to deepen her connection to the Congregation’s roots and history, and enable her to develop an integrated apostolic spirituality.
Apostolic Novitiate is a time to integrate full-time ministry or study with living religious life in a local community.
Temporary Profession of the vows of poverty, consecrated celibacy and obedience allows a woman to live as a Sister of Charity for a temporary period of time. During this time she discerns the call to life commitment as a Sister of Charity.