|Becoming a Loreto/IBVM|
A full life of faith in Mary Ward's Institute today offers:
The centre of our life is mission, the apostolic expression of our intimate relationship with God and our sense of call. Each woman brings her own gifts to the Institute.
It is the ongoing search, above all, for the ways God is working in our lives. Prayer is most important in this search. The grace of vocation flows from our Christian baptismal commitment. A woman discerning a call to religious life is attentive through prayer and reflection to the ways Christ calls her to follow him as she considers becoming a sister.
Every life journey is unique. The process of becoming a Loreto/IBVM Sister consists of various stages.
This is an opportunity for the enquirer and the IBVM to become acquainted and to discuss questions about religious life.
Whether an individual is ready to enter into serious discernment depends upon her psychological and spiritual growth. Flexibility, awareness of call, a willingness and capacity to grow are fundamental to 'the vowed life'.
If it seems right, the person applies to become a candidate when she is ready to make that step.
Women should and can provide something more than ordinary
Candidacy normally lasts one year and includes ongoing prayer and mutual discernment with the vocation director.
If it seems right, the candidate applies to begin novitiate. A psychological assessment is part of the application process to enter this stage.
The first year of novitiate focuses on the inner spiritual journey and relationship with God. It can involve opportunities to experience areas of social outreach. The second year is dedicated to developing an active, apostolic spirituality.
The novice takes part in:
• studies in theology and Ignatian spirituality
The second year of the novitiate is usually spent engaged in ministry and studies. At the end of two years, should she wish and it is considered appropriate, the novice will take vows.
Cherish God's vocation in you.
This period of time:
On-going evaluation at this time assists the Sister and the Institute to discern wisely about her future commitment.
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When she makes Final vows, she has decided to make a life commitment. She makes this decision in consultation with those in leadership positions of the IBVM. After Final Profession, the sister continues the process of life-long learning as well as personal and spiritual growth.
For further information contact:
The Vocations Director