STAGES OF FORMATION
Formation of the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception is a life-long process, and embraces the whole human person.
A young woman, through prayer, regular contact of with the congregation and its apostolic works, with the right intention to dedicate oneself to God and serve, free of canonical impediments, with good physical and psychological health and adequate awareness of the duties of the congregation, may be admitted. Formation begins with the first stage:
Lasts two years. Living and sharing in community with the aim to develop human personality traits, deepen the Christian life, and become acquainted with the principles of the religious and apostolic life in the congregation.
Novitiate – lasts 2 years. The Novice enters more deeply into the life of the congregation by prayer, study of scripture, theology, the history and charism of the congregation in the novitiate house and in the second year apostolic activity, usually in another house of the congregation. The purpose of the novitiate is to value the model of fulfillment in Jesus Christ in following Him, to gain knowledge of the requirements of the religious life, to live according to the evangelical counsels, to combine work with prayer and progressively implement the works of the congregation, with gifts and talents in service.
On completion of the novitiate, a Sister may apply to make temporary profession of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Sisters profess temporary vows usually for 5 years, renewing them every year or several years.
Post-novitiate, continues throughout the period of temporary profession, usually 5 years. This period is to further formation of the young professed: religious, apostolic, academic and professional, deepen the interior life and attain an appropriate degree of maturity. After the Juniorate, Sisters may make their perpetual profession. Desirous of serving God forever, they continue to live out their commitment in simplicity, mutual love and service.
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Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
1000 Cropwell Road,
Cherry Hill, NJ, 08003
Phone: +1 856-424-1962
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