What are the stages in the discernment process?Period of Inquiry
This is an intentional time for you and the community to become acquainted with one another. You will receive invitations to community gatherings such as liturgical celebrations, lectures and discussion, prayer days, retreats and social events. You will also regularly meet with others who are learning more about the community. During this time, it would also be important to meet with a spiritual director.Period of Candidacy
While you continue to work at your place of employment, you will have an opportunity to live, pray and share life with Sisters and other people who associate with the community. You will continue to participate in the variety of experiences of prayer, liturgy, learning, and socializing that occur in the community.
You will cultivate a relationship with a Sister who will companion you during your discernment. You will also meet with the Sister-Candidacy program coordinator. You may also live one to two years in community.Period of Novitiate
After applying and interviewing for the novitiate program, you spend twelve to twenty-four months deepening personal and communal prayer as well as studying scripture, liturgy, the community's Constitution and vowed membership, and the social teachings of the Church. You also spend time working in some of our ministries. The novitiate period concludes with the first profession of vows.Temporary Profession
This period begins with the first profession of vows. You continue your communal, spiritual and professional growth. Over a period of three to six years, you and the community continue to discern your calling to make a lifelong commitment as a Sister of St. Joseph.Return to Explore the Pathway: SisterReturn to Join the Movement