Understanding The Process

Your journey as a woman is a special one. And if you think you've been called to be a Religious woman, your journey will most likely start with lots of questions. We're here to listen to you and to answer your questions. Moreover, we're here to help you in whatever way we can as you make decisions for yourself. On this page, we've outlined the five-step process of becoming a Poor Servant of the Mother of God. The first step of your journey is to contact us.

The formation process: The formation process is a journey which takes nine years and has several stages.
bullet Candidacy: A time of personal spiritual growth where the candidate experiences religious life sharing in the prayer community and ministry of SMG life. This usually ends with a retreat.
bullet Novitiate: A two year period in which the candidate concentrates on the study of scripture, Catholic social teaching, history, life and spirit of the congregation, and on prayer life.
bullet Temporary Profession: This period usually lasts five to six years and gives the newly professed Sister an opportunity to work in ministry or continue her professional education as well as her religious formation. She will have already taken the Vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.
bullet Tertianship: This is the occasion when you make a lifelong commitment as an apostolic vowed religious Sister.

Remember: asking a question isn't a commitment. It's just a way to learn more about whether this is the right decision for you. Contact us today - we're ready to help, even if it's just to answer your questions.