Frequently Asked Questions

Personal and Practical

Are there age requirements that I should know about?
Women between the ages of 18-40 are invited to enter into the discernment process.

Can someone with children become a Sister?
Yes, but children need to be 21 years of age or older, self-sufficient, and live independently. A woman who enters the Congregation needs to be free to enter fully into the formation process.

Can a woman whose husband has died become a Sister?
Yes, as long as the other requirements are met.

Can someone who is divorced become a Sister?
Yes, as long as an annulment has been obtained from the Church.

If I entered the SMGs, what would I do with my money?
During the phase of Candidacy (first two years) you would move into a convent, experience living in community and learning about religious life, while continuing to support yourself (medical, auto insurance, and personal needs). After you take vows, you would become a member of the community and contribute and share in that life. However, any money you have when entering belongs to you (personal patrimony).

Do you have spending money?
The community provides for our needs, distributing to each Sister what is necessary for her life and mission.

Do you get paid if you have a job?
Yes, but it is not considered our own money. All that we acquire through working belongs to the Congregation.

What do SMG Sisters wear?
We dress in a simple and modest manner as a witness to our religious consecration, and some choose to wear habits. Our profession ring and SMG pin are recognizable symbols of our membership to the SMG congregation.

Do SMG Sisters live in convents?
For the most part we do, with some exceptions. Currently we have three living in the Maryfield USA Convent in High Point, N.C. However, the number can vary depending on the size of the community. Living in community is a source of strength and support for our vocation because as SMG Sisters, all of us are committed to the same way of life. We have a good time together, too!

How often are SMG Sisters able to visit family?
There is no restriction on the number of visits. Normally, it's dependent on the distance involved and each Sister's schedule keeping in mind our primary commitment is to the community and to our ministry.

Spiritual

How would I know if I am called to be a Sister?
The call can come in many ways and lies at the heart of each individual. Many describe it as a growing desire or yearning inside to respond to God's love and a strong desire to use God-given gifts to make a lifelong commitment to serve Him as a Religious.

In living our calling, we experience joy and a sense of wholeness. You can join us, too.

How would I recognize God's voice?
God's voice can speak to us in many forms - often in the silent stirrings of our hearts or in the voices of those around us. If you sense the deep yearning inside, listen carefully and ask God for guidance. Pray with Scripture, journal, and listen with an open heart and an open mind.

What should I do if I think I may be called?
Contact Sr. Loretta by phone or email or one of the other Sisters on the Contact Form. We would like to begin the initial stage of "getting to know each other better," by answering any questions and inviting you to visit us.

How long does it take to become a Sister?
It can take up to nine years to become a perpetually professed Sister. Visit "Understanding the Process" to learn more.

What are the vows that SMG Sisters profess?

A vow is a promise made to God. Women who join the SMG Congregation make a profession of three vows: Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. The vows are a public witness to Gospel values.
bulletVow of Poverty - In the spirit of poverty, we seek to live a simple lifestyle shared in common which entails the daily giving of ourselves in love and service. We place our time and talents at the service of others.
bulletVow of Chastity - The gift of chastity is a pledge of Christ's companionship and presence throughout life. It leads to freedom of heart in an ever deepening apostolic love. Acknowledging the gift of consecrated chastity, we seek a proper balance of prayer, work, rest, relaxation, companionship and solitude.
bulletVow of Obedience - We accept in faith and love that God will direct our lives through obedience to our Superiors in accordance with the Constitutions. Through obedience, we willingly commit ourselves to the mission of the Congregation within the Church.

What if I change my mind later?
You can leave the order at any time during the beginning process that we call Incorporation. If, after you've made your perpetual vows, you no longer feel called to religious life, you may also leave. This process, referred to as Excalustration, requires a period of time to reflect and discern this decision before being dispensed from your vows by the Holy See/Rome.