The transition from a secular lifestyle into a life religious is a deliberate process that has been designed to allow each woman her own unique experience.

Candidate

As a Candidate, a sister-to-be spends one or two years in community while ministering and/or continuing to attend school.

Novice

During her novitiate, a woman spends two years exploring in depth the call to vowed life in community.

First (Temporary) Vows

After taking her first vows, a woman spends between three and six years living in community under temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and sharing in full-time ministry.

Final (Permanent) Vows

When she has completed her First Vows, a woman is prepared to make her permanent commitment within the religious community.

General Superior Kathryn Rutan (left) welcomes Sister Ana Dolores Orellana Gamero.

General Superior Kathryn Rutan (left) welcomes Sister Ana Dolores Orellana Gamero.