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Frequently asked questions

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 the future.

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.

Temporary 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.
 
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