'Monastic formation is the transmission of a Life.'
- After admission into the community, the postulancy begins, which may vary between 6 months to 1 year. After this length of time, the Aspirant can be received into the Novitiate.
- The Novitiate begins with the Reception of the Holy Habit. This period of time as a Novice lasts approximately two years. It is in the Novitiate that studying our Carmelite spirituality and prayer, form the new Carmelite into an aspiring spouse of the Crucified and Risen Christ.
- Temporary Profession follows, for the duration of 3 years.
- Our lives of consecration are mirrored on the life of Jesus Christ who was Chaste, Poor and Obedient. Thus we profess the Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.
Chastity: the total gift of one’s heart, affections,
desires to the God who is love
Poverty: the gift of letting go of all possessions
to posses Him who is All-in-All.
Obedience: the union of one’s will with that of Jesus who continues to speak and act through the Church, and our Superiors.
The Newly Professed continues under the guidance of the Novice Mistress, to become more fully integrated into community life and to prepare for the definitive consecration of Solemn Vows for life.
- After three years in intense formation, if the Chapter of the Monastery decide, the Sister may be admitted to Solemn Profession of Vows. Here, in a solemn and public ceremony, the profession of vows are made until death. The black veil replaces the white one, and the Sister is integrated in the Chapter, that is, she becomes a full member of the Community, involved in all aspects of community life.