Stages of Formation

When a woman of faith considers a religious vocation, she begins a process of discernment, which Catholic theologian and writer Henri Nouwen describes as “listening and responding to that place within us where our deepest desires align with God’s desire.”

Becoming a Sister is a gradual process of discerning God’s movement in your life as you seek to see if religious life is a good fit for you.  Discernment takes time and usually lasts for a number of years. It is a time, however, of graced learning about yourself and your relationship with God, and how you are being called to serve others.

While the process is designed to be flexible and responsive to the needs of each woman, there are several stages to becoming a fully professed Sister.

Pre-CandidacyCandidacyNovitiate
First Profession of VowsPerpetual Profession of Vows

Here’s an article you can read about three women and their journeys through the stages of formation as they were welcomed into the community by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Click here and here to meet the women who are in the initial stages of formation.

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We know that all things work for good for those who love God, according to God’s purpose. (Romans 8:28)