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.
As a Candidate, a sister-to-be spends one or two years in community while ministering and/or continuing to attend school.
During her novitiate, a woman spends two years exploring in depth the call to vowed life in community.
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.
When she has completed her First Vows, a woman is prepared to make her permanent commitment within the religious community.