Steps in becoming a Sister
Formation in our Congregation is a lifetime process. It is guided by the belief that when God calls a woman to dedicate herself to apostolic consecrated life, she is being inspired to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus, the Incarnate Word.
Affiliate – This is the first step. It is a time for more dialogue and discernment; a time for becoming familiar with our story and mission.
Pre-Postulant and Postulant – During this time you enter into a more formal relationship with the Congregation. You will live and participate in community for up to two years.
Novice – (2 years) This is a time in which you begin to live as a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word. It is a time to focus on solitude, quiet, prayer and the vows; learning more about the history of Consecrated Life; becoming familiar with the lives of the Founder and founding Sisters; and studying the history, spirit, charism and mission of the Congregation. During a portion of this time, you will participate in ministry.
Annual Profession – (5 years) Upon completion of the Novitiate, you profess vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. These vows are renewed on an annual basis for at least 5 years. During this stage of initial formation you continue to integrate prayer, congregational life and ministry as a CCVI.
Perpetual Profession – This is the time you proclaim your commitment and vow chastity, poverty and obedience to live as a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word for the rest of your life.
Continuing Formation – Throughout her life, a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word seeks to deepen her relationship with Jesus, the Incarnate Word. She continues her spiritual, personal and professional development towards the fullness of her person.