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.

Come & See

The Come & See experience is for any woman who is interested in exploring a vocation to religious life and the Sisters of Providence. It is an opportunity to spend time learning about and participating in the community, spirituality and ministries of the Sisters of Providence. The program may be a weekend, a few weeks, a few months or up to two years depending on the individual.


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


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

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.
Read a first vows story.

Final (Permanent or Perpetual) Vows

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