Called to Be a Novice

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.

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