Becoming a Marist Sister requires a number of years of formation. The period of formation is an important and privileged time – a time to discern one’s call, to grow in relationship with God and to grow in awareness of the richness and relevance of the Marist spirit and Charism. Essential to the entire formation process is regular accompaniment, on-going discernment and daily prayer.
The initial period of formation is known as Pre-Candidacy. With the guidance of a nominated sister, the pre-candidate visits, prays and celebrates with a Marist community as she grows in her awareness of call and begins to discover how religious life is lived as a Marist. This experience is then deepened during Candidacy when the young woman lives within a Marist community. The time of candidacy varies but lasts for at least nine months.
It is during the two year Novitiate period that the young woman is formally initiated into Marist Life. She sets aside her usual work/ministry and undertakes a period of human, spiritual, theological and Marist formation. Novitiate formation may take place in your own country or in another country with other woman seeking Marist life. If the Novice is accepted for Profession she takes vows of chastity, poverty and obedience initially for three years entering into a period of temporary profession.
The period of temporary profession enables the Sister to continue her Marist formation for mission while participating actively in ministry and living in a community as she journeys to Perpetual Profession in the Congregation of Mary.
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