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Become A Sister
Are you called to serve God and others as a Sister of Mercy?
- sensing that God is calling you to a life committed to God and lived in community and service?
- desiring to experience the joys and challenges of living in community with women of compassion, prayer, hospitality and action?
- thinking God is calling you to live religious vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service of those who are poor, sick and uneducated, especially women and children?
- a Catholic woman between age 20 and 45? Currently not married and with no dependent children? A Catholic at least three years? Ready to help change the world?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, life as a Sister of Mercy may be just what you've been looking for.
We are here to assist you, to listen and to answer any questions you have! We are ready to help you discover the next steps in your journey, wherever it may take you.
God’s call is an exciting one and responding may mean big changes in your life. Continue to pray, asking God to open your heart. Trust that God is always right beside you and will show you the path to follow. Please contact us when you are ready to talk.
This initial period will offer you opportunity for in-depth conversation with a vocation minister who will help you discover how and where the Spirit of God is leading you, and if God might be calling you to be a sister.
Opportunities during this time include Come and See days, retreat/discernment weekends, Mercy Challenge service week, meetings, praying and/or socializing with the sisters. For more information, see our upcoming vocation events.
When you and a vocation minister agree that the call to be a Sister of Mercy seems to be strong in you, you begin the application phase. During this time you meet regularly with a spiritual director and continue to experience the life of a Sister of Mercy through retreat/discernment weekends, extended live-in experiences, meetings in the Community, and ministry experiences. For more information, see our upcoming vocation events.
Once you have completed the application work and received affirmation from the President of the Community to continue in the process, you become a pre-candidate. During this time you will meet the Community with whom you will live and share life. This is a time for you to get to know the Community and for us to get to know you.
This simple ritual of prayer and celebration marks the beginning of a woman's journey as a candidate with the Sisters of Mercy. We gather to welcome you through the door of the chapel and to offer you our prayer and support as you take this important step to become a candidate.
After the ceremony, you begin the two-year candidacy phase. Year one focuses on the transition to religious life. Year two focuses on ministry, study in theology, and preparation for the novitiate. During candidacy you live in community, have regular meetings with the incorporation minister, pray and engage in ministry.
Following candidacy, you are received into the novitiate. The first year (canonical year) is an intense period of discernment while you engage in prayer, study the vows, minister with other novices and continue to live in community. The second (apostolic year) includes more ministerial involvement and a deepening awareness of God’s call in you.
Upon completion of the novitiate, you become a member of the community by making your first profession of the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and service to the poor, sick and ignorant. Temporary profession lasts for a period of three to six years. During this time you are in full-time ministry or studies while continuing your discernment and living in community.
After completion of the incorporation process, you make a perpetual profession, or final vows, as a Sister of Mercy.
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