Franciscan Sister Novitiate
“I think what’s beautiful is all the different age groups in the Motherhouse, we have Sisters who are in their 90s, 100s, and then us as Novices being in our 20s. What’s great is that as young Novices, we do bring that youth and that vibrancy, but the older Sisters are also vibrant in their own ways, and they share a lot of wisdom too.” – Sr. Cecilia Joy
Following Jesus on the path of becoming a Franciscan woman religious, Novices receive a Sister name and habit at a private Community Rite of Initiation into Religious Life in St. Mary Chapel at our Motherhouse.
A two-year Novitiate provides time for:
- Reflective study of Scripture
- An appreciation of the consecrated life as lived in our apostolic religious community
- Growth in the spirit of St. Francis.
In the second year Novices focus intensely on the vows while allowing for some preparation time in an area of future ministry. Each year includes a silent retreat.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A NOVICE?
“Novitiate for me, has just been an incredible gift. A precious time to grow in relationship with the Lord through prayer” – Sister Mary Teresa
WHAT ELSE CAN I EXPECT AS A NOVICE?
After the first year of the Novitiate, a Novice may visit her family for a few days. Her relatives are invited to visit in the fall and in the spring of both years at the Motherhouse, as well as participate in the special Eucharist celebrating the first profession of vows at the end of the second year Novitiate.
“When we are who we are called to be, we will set the world ablaze.” – St. Catherine of Siena
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