Time of Inquiry

The time of inquiry is flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual. It is a time to come and meet the Sisters, spend time with the community in prayer, celebrations and other occasions. This time includes opportunity for retreats, meetings with other young ladies seeking their vocation. One of our vocation directors will help you with prayer, answer questions and help you with decisions related to your vocation.

Stages of formation in our Congregation include, affiliate, postulant, pre-postulant, novice, annually professed and perpetually professed. These stages help you grow in your relationship with God, yourself and others and to become more familiar with the spirit and charism of our particular Congregation.

The time for getting to know our Congregation is usually a year or two before beginning the formal process of initial formation.


Chastity: Through the vow of chastity we belong totally to God.   We bind ourselves out of love for Jesus Christ to a chaste, unmarried love.   We promise to grow in celibate love through complete dedication to God for the sake of the Kingdom.     As we come together in community, we support one another in deepening our intimacy with the Lord, in incarnating his love, and in dedicating ourselves wholeheartedly to his mission. (CCVI Constitutions 13—14)

Poverty: Through our vow of poverty we seek to attain more fully the spirit of poverty counseled by Jesus Christ. By our way of living we show that our riches lie more in God’s love for us than in the possession of material things. We live simply, sharing all that we have and are. Our voluntary poverty is related to our desire to recognize the preeminence of persons over material things, and to promote a more just distribution of the world’s goods. (CCVI Constitutions 16)

Obedience: Our vow of obedience has its roots in the total surrender of Jesus to the will of the Father. Through our vow of obedience we live in community, in the service of the Church. In union with the Incarnate Word, we help one another to listen for the Will of the Father in daily circumstances and events, and in the persons among whom we find ourselves. We obey in particular those who speak to us with the authority they have received through the Church and the Holy Spirit acting within it. (CCVI Constitutions 21)


Take the next step by contacting our Vocation office.

Learn more about vocations in the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas, by filling out our online questionnaire found here. You can also email any of the Sisters below if you have any specific questions.


sr-kim-phuong-tranSr. Kim Phuong Tran, CCVI
Villa de Matel
P. O. Box 230969
Houston, TX 77223-0969

Central America

Sr. Santiaga Mejia Vasquez
Convento “La Anunciacion” 
Apartado Postal 24
Sacatepequez 03008
Guatemala, Central America


Sr. Maria Ubalda Romero Ramirez
Convento Verbo Encarnado, Esquipulas
2 Avenida 3-63, Zona 1
20007 Esquipulas
Departamento de Chiquimula
Guatemala, Central America


Sr. Edith Bulubisi Wasike, CCVI
St. Catherine Convent
P. O. Box 24366
00502 Karen, Nairobi
Kenya, East Africa