The Process

During the time of aspirancy the candidate is encouraged to frequent the sacraments, meditate on Scripture daily, and read works on Carmelite spirituality. Under the direction of the Vocation Director and after becoming acquainted with the community through Come and See visits, one may ask to do a two-three month 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 one to two years. This time allows the candidate to experience more deeply the rhythm of Carmelite life and to make adjustments to community living. During this time she becomes acquainted with the basics of Carmelite spirituality and history, along with the charism of our Congregation

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 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.

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