Vocations


Do you feel like you were made for something more? Does nothing satisfy? Are you feeling unsettled and unhappy even though you are preoccupying yourself with things you like? Do you feel God tugging in your heart? Do you feel Him calling you even though you are afraid of what that might mean? Perhaps Jesus might be calling you to religious life!

The Heart of our Vocation

Religious life is a radical response of love to God who calls us. We say yes to God in religious life when we want to give ourselves unreservedly with total trust to Him without conditions.

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Vow of Chastity

Through the vow of chastity, we exclusively belong to the Lord, and we give our hearts to God, becoming espoused to Him. The vow of chastity frees us to love God with all our hearts, with all our soul, and with all our strength (Deut. 6:5)

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Vow of Poverty

Through the vow of poverty, we declare God to be our only treasure. All things become secondary and find their proper place in relation to God. Through the vow of poverty, we trust that God always provides for our needs, especially in community.

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Vow of Obedience

Through the vow of obedience, we freely submit our most prized possession, our wills, our very selves. Our vow of obedience is a form of trust in God we exercise by following the legitimate commands of our superiors is obedience to God’s will.

Who is it for?

A woman discerning our congregation must be between 18-35 years of age, have a high school diploma, have good physical, mental and emotional health, along with a pastor’s or spiritual director’s letter of recommendation.

Stages of Formation

Aspirancy

This first formation period lasts anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 year, depending on the individual discernment and subjective needs of the candidate. During aspirancy, candidates begin to gradually participate in the life of the community by attending times of prayers as well as helping with external works, and even the apostolate. Candidates will continue to dress in lay clothing.

The purpose of aspirancy is to allow the candidate to discern and pray about whether or not she has a calling to religious life, and particularly to our congregation. If the candidate comes to the discernment that indeed this is the Lord’s will for her, she enters into postulancy.

Postulancy

Postulancy is the time of transition from lay life into religious life. In postulancy, a candidate progressively let's go of the lay lifestyle and assumes a consecrated lifestyle proper to our Dominican charism. During postulancy, the candidate comes to learn more about the congregation as the congregation comes to know more about her. Her religious education is deepened as she begins her formation classes which involves theology, Scripture, salvation history, congregation history, customs, and more.

During this time, the postulant grows in her spiritual maturity and deepens her life with God. Postulancy lasts from 6 to 12 months.

Novitiate

In this stage, the novices are vested with the Dominican habit. They are now visibly incorporated into the Order. During this critical time of formation, the novices deepen their union with God even more so as they prepare for their first profession of vows. They spend this year in prayer and study. Their formation is focused on learning the theology of consecrated life, particularly the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. They continue to study the history and spirituality of the Dominican Order, as well as the Constitutions, history, and spirituality of our Congregation especially passed down by our Foundress, Mother Kolumba Białecka. This canonical stage last at least a year but no longer than two.

Juniorate

Juniorate begins after the profession of the first vows. This stage lasts 6 years, although it may be extraordinarily shortened to 3 years or extended up to 9. This stage focuses on the intense deepening of the Sisters’ consecrated life as they mature in their gift of vocation in which God is seeking them. They are called to nourish their interior life with God through prayer and through fidelity of their vows. They slowly take over the responsibility of their own spiritual growth as they actively participate in the apostolate. This time serves to help the young religious grow in their religious maturation. During this time, the Sisters may also pursue professional education for the good of the apostolate. The last year of juniorate before perpetual profession is called “final juniorate”. It serves as a second novitiate in preparation for the final profession they are about to make to the Lord. During this year, they spend more time in prayer, meditation, study, and community formation.

Permanent Formation

After perpetual vows, the Sisters now continuously strive for perfection by living more fully the realization of their vows. As the Church and our Constitutions indicate, religious formation is an ongoing process that occurs throughout time and lasts an entire life. Therefore, the Sisters continue to work out their salvation even after the years of initial formation. We hold formation sessions, days of recollection, retreats, etc. to aid this process.

Testimonials

This is a very special community

I came into this weekend being completely open and without expectations or reservations… what I received was a gift from God that I am still praising Him for. What struck me was the Sisters’ reverence for our Lord, their steadfast contemplation, dedicated love for those they serve and for one another, and loyalty to the Gospel and the Church — a blend of so much I have been searching for sometime. This is a very special community, and I experienced this in the little time I spent with the Sisters. I look forward to learning more about their love for Christ! Tina

Tina

Christ took the Dominican habit this week.

Christ took on the Dominican habit this week, not only in how I envision Him as I contemplate but also in the reality and the presence of these Sisters. For as much as I find myself talking “about” VERITAS, it has touched me in such an intimate way this week. I look forward to going back to my studies at Aquinas Institute to continue to pursue the TRUTH with the light from this joyful experience. This blessed and graced time spent with these beautiful women of God confirmed and deepened my love for the Dominican charism, spirituality, and family.

Karen

I wanted to say thank you again...

I wanted to say thank you again for the retreat. All of the times and laughter and the talks with the sisters and the other girls are running through my mind constantly. I have new hope and positivity about becoming a sister. I had more fear and anxiety about it and now, I feel more peaceful and eager to give myself entirely to Jesus. I have been thinking a lot about being open to God’s will in religious life. It was a real blessing to work with the residents – life is so precious, all life is so precious. The first moment when I fed resident was very powerful and very real. It is hard to put it into words. I had never helped such a helpless person before. Please keep praying for me.

Sara

I had a wonderful time!

I had a wonderful time with sisters and co-participants this week. I had a chance to see and experience more deeply the life in the convent and to discern my vocation. On Thursday God put in my heart the answer to questions regarding my vocation which I prayed for. He also put a stable and peaceful want of being a closed cloistered Carmelite. This is who I want to be (…). I just hope it is a true vocational call which I will give more time to test, but I will not hesitate too long. I leave it to God now.

Anna

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