Becoming a Loreto Sister
Every life journey is unique. The process of becoming an IBVM-Loreto Sister consists of various stages. At each stage, we must ensure that we are suitable for each other.
A period of inquiry allows the potential candidate and the Sisters to become acquainted and answer each other’s questions. Whether an individual is ready to enter into serious discernment depends upon her psychological and spiritual growth. Flexibility, awareness of call, and a willingness and capacity to grow(n) are necessary elements for “the vowed life.”
If it seems fitting to go ahead, an application to become a candidate is made. Being a candidate means that everyday life continues – work, study, friends, and independence while taking a closer look at the Loreto way of life and spirit. For some time, the candidate will live with a Loreto community to see if the way of life suits her. Candidacy typically lasts six months to two years and includes ongoing mutual discernment with a Sister. If, and when, it seems right (to the candidate and the Institute), she will apply to begin your novitiate.
The novitiate process is a much more serious commitment with time for reflection amid a lived experience of IBVM-Loreto life.
- The first year focuses on the inner spiritual journey and relationship with God. It can involve opportunities to experience areas of social outreach.
- The second year is dedicated to developing an active, apostolic spirituality. At the end of two years, if desired and if it is considered appropriate, vows are made.
Temporary vows are usually taken for six years. While in temporary vows, special support and guidance continue as the temporary professed lives as a fully committed member of the Institute. During this time, they may be called upon to engage in a variety of ministries and experiences of community, possibly in another country. Further studies may also be undertaken.
When final vows are made, the decision has been made to make a life commitment. This decision is made by the individual in consultation with those in leadership positions of the IBVM-Loreto.
If you are thinking about religious life today, why not contact a Loreto sister to answer your questions and help you along the way?
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It is a life where happiness springs from the fact that it is a life following God’s call.
– Sr Bernadette Greene ibvm –