Religious Formation begins with the call of God & decision to follow the footsteps of Christ by entrance into the community and continues throughout one’s lifetime. Aspirancy; assessment of sufficient human maturity and aptitude for contemplative life (1 year). Postulancy (1-2 years) offers a more direct and concrete experience of community life according to specific charism but also allow a gradual transition from secular life to life in the Novitiate. The Novitiate (2 years) is a period of initiation in to evangelical life both personal & communal according to the spirit & Constitution of the Visitation Order. The novice, having duly completed her Novitiate makes Simple Vows for 5 years. When the period of Temporary Profession has been completed if she is accepted to profession, pronounces Solemn Vows.
Based on their skills, each sister has particular charges which she performs to the best of her ability and for the glory of God. These include working in the kitchen, sewing habits in the wardrobe room, preparing for daily Mass in the Sacristy, working on altar beads. yard work, art and providing organ music for the Mass. All charges support the daily spiritual life of the monastery.
The sisters eat their meals, in silence, in the Refectory. The time provided gives each sister the opportunity to listen to the Constitutions, to spiritual and theological tapes, and to reflect on their relationship with God. Nourishment is provided for both body and soul.
The monastery includes a Library which houses books and documents that are food for the soul and mind. Sisters can learn more about their co-founders’ spirituality, the lives of the saints, and spiritual and theological teachings.
And in the Host Room, where the Sisters provide Altar Breads for many parishes in the Archdiocese.