The Discernment Process

Young women between 18-35 who are interested in discerning with us are invited to come and experience our life.

 

PRAYER

is the most important aspect of your discernment and our discernment during the entire process. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to God's will for you.

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Ask yourself:

Does the Sisters' life respond to my deepest desires? Am I attracted to their contemplative-apostolic life? Do I have an apostolic zeal to bring Christ to families, children, the elderly, youth, the poor, and to the world? Do I thirst for truth? Do I desire to find my first resting place on the heart of Jesus in the footsteps of  John the Beloved Disciple?

If you would like to get in touch with our vocation director, Sister Anne, she would be happy to talk with you about any questions you might have. You can do so by filling out this form.

Meet some Sisters...

It was during a young adult retreat with the Community of Saint John, that I felt like I met Jesus in a personal way for the first time. I finally felt and believed that He loved me! He thirsts for my love. It was as if His thirst for my love met my thirst to love and be loved. I believe that in any vocation if we love and are loved, it is not possible that living joy not be there. 

Sr Anne
 
Sr Monika Maria
Princeville, IL

STEP TWO: 

 I was attracted by the time devoted to Eucharistic Adoration daily and the love and devotion the Sisters have for our Blessed Mother. I also liked the balance between prayer, fraternal life, and apostolic outreach. I am very thankful that God has led me to our Community, which is, for me, a "family" where I really feel at home.

Sr Monika Maria
 
Sr Victoria Maria
Princeville, IL

Slowly,  Jesus drew me to Himself and to religious life through the time I spent visiting and praying in different monasteries at Mallorca (my native country). At 20 years of age, I became a Sister and left my parents and beautiful island. My heart is full of joy and gratitude for Jesus' call, and for all that He has done for me during these years. I can say that He is my best Friend, and, like Mary, I keep all these things in my heart.

Sr Victoria Maria
 

The Formation Process

Following the inquiry process in which we invite young women to visit our priories, get to know us, and experience our life, those who discern with our vocation director can apply to enter postulancy.

Postulancy: (9-12 months) Postulancy is a time for the candidate to get to know us and for us to get to know her on a deeper level. She lives our life with us to further her discernment.

 

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Temporary Profession: (4 years min.) At the end of the novitiate, the sister asks to profess religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During the time of temporary profession the sister gains apostolic experience and learns to live out the vows concretely in daily life and deepens her discernment.

Novitiate: (2 - 2.5 years) The novice mistress closely accompanies the novices in their continued discernment and their human and spiritual growth, helping them to become more familiar with our charism and how we live the consecrated life. During the novitiate the sister receives the habit and her religious name.

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Perpetual Profession: The profession of religious vows until death. With this the sister commits her life completely to God in our congregation.

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