What does discernment mean?
Discernment is a spiritual exercise in which we try
to decide who God is “calling” us to be and what
we are being asked to do in specific instances now and in
What is the process of becoming a Sister?
Inquiry/Pre-Candidate: The first step: become acquainted with
us and decide to explore your call. This stage can last between
6 months and 2 years. A Sister also introduces you to various
aspects of religious life and to the local community.
Candidate: Once you are accepted and enter, you live in a community of
sisters. You fully participate and experience our life, spirituality,
traditions, mission, values, community events and ministry.
This stage lasts between 6 months to 2 years. A mentor guides
you in discerning your call to religious life and Bon Secours.
Novice: Time is set aside from ministry for you to more deeply discern
a call, study our charism, history, constitutions, spirituality,
theology the vows, our way of life, and grow in self-knowledge.
The novitiate is two years. The second year is for integration
while in full time ministry and living in community. You
make temporary vows for 3 years at the end of the novitiate.
Profession: is a time to fully integrate a life of ministry
related to prayer, the vows and community life. This phase
lasts between 3 to 6 years. Time is given for continued reflection,
meeting with a mentor, and personal development. This period
ends by making final vows.