Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have a religious vocation? I find that I am attracted to both religious life and marriage.
What are the basic requirements for acceptance into your community?
A young women
- must be between the ages of 18 and 30
- have a High School Diploma or its equivalent
- be in good physical and mental health
- must be a practicing Catholic
- must have at least two visits of some duration
What can I do to discern God’s call more deeply?
What if I have student loans or debt?
What do sisters do for fun?
How do you choose from so many Communities?
What happens in a regular day of a religious?
Do you wear your habit every day? Do you wear it to sleep or exercise?
What is the community's prayer life like?
Prayer implies a deep intimacy with the Lord and is therefore the irreplaceable means by which we come to a better understanding of our dignity as daughters of the Church and spouses of Christ.
- We daily participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
- We pray in common the Liturgy of the Hours, morning, evening, and night prayer. Mid-prayer, as responsibilities allow
- We daily devote at least one-half hour to mental prayer
- We daily spend one-half hour before the Blessed Sacrament
- An Eucharistic Holy Hour is held every Wednesday in common
- Eucharistic Adoration is held on Sunday mornings.
- A minimum of two hours weekly is spent in spiritual reading
- We daily recite in common five decades of the rosary
- Each sister makes an annual retreat of six full days in common
- During the school year, the Sisters observe one day of recollection each month in common
- The Sisters observe silence at certain times during the day
- The Sisters frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation every two weeks
Is college a requirement?
Women need to have a high school education and at least one year out of high school before applying to enter. We strongly encourage women to have some college experience, not necessarily complete a degree program.
How often can a sister visit with her family?
Postulants and Novices are not permitted e-mail or internet access. They are permitted to write and receive letters from family members. Phone calls are also permitted on birthdays and holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
Beginning with Temporary Profession, Sisters may have an annual home visit of two weeks. A Sister’s relatives are most welcome to visit her in her convent home.
Do the sisters use cell phones? Do I get to keep mine?
What can you bring when you enter the Convent?
After receiving an acceptance letter, the young women is given a list of items to bring such as white blouses, plain black shoes, a black sweater, etc. Items such as spiritual books, rosaries, and a personal Bible are usually welcome. All electronic devices are left in the care of family members.
Why do your sisters wear black?
The purpose of the habit is to allow the sister to be a public witness to Christ and His Church.
Black is symbolic of repentance, simplicity, and poverty.