After becoming acquainted through letters and visits, one may ask to do a six-week live-in. This allows the candidate a taste of life within the monastery enclosure and familiarizes her with the community.
If the decision is made to continue the process, the candidate is accepted as a postulant. The postulancy is a period of 9 months to a year and a half. This time allows the candidate to experience more deeply the rhythm of Carmelite life and to make adjustments to community living.
After the period of postulancy, the candidate becomes formally incorporated into the community as a novice. The novitiate begins with the rite of initiation in which the candidate is given the habit of the Order with the veil. This is a two year period during which the novice learns and interiorizes Carmelite Spirituality as taught by our Rule, by our founder St. Teresa, and by our other Carmelite Doctors and saints.
Temporary profession follows the novitiate. By religious profession, the sister pledges herself by public vow to live according to the three evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. This is a period that extends from 3 to 5 years during which the sister increases her practical understanding and knowledge of Carmelite spirituality in order to interiorize it more completely and prepare herself adequately for the definitive consecration of solemn vows.