Steps Along the Way
Begins with the call of God & decision to follow the footsteps of Christ by entrance into the community and continues throughout one’s lifetime.
Assessment of sufficient human maturity and aptitude for contemplative life (1 year).
The postulancy, which lasts a minimum of one year, is meant to permit a gradual transition from life in the world to life in the novitiate. It allows the postulant to experience living in a contemplative community, to intensify her prayer life and to increase her knowledge of Jesus Christ.
At her reception into the Novitiate, the Sister receives the habit of the Order and the white veil. This period gives the novice space and time to study her response to the call of Christ.
At the end of the two-year novitiate, the sister makes profession of the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience according to the Constitutions of the Order of the Visitation. This is done in a public ceremony during the Eucharistic Liturgy. As a sign of her consecration to the Lord, she receives the silver profession cross and her religious name. The time of temporary profession lasts a minimum of five years.
After the five years of temporary vows, the sister may then be admitted to solemn vows. At this time she receives the black veil.