“Be who you are and be that well, to give honor to the Master Craftsman whose handiwork you are.”
– Saint Francis de Sales
Our vocation enables us to share in the redemptive mission of Jesus.
In response to the Spirit’s inspiration and to a visitation that Mary has made to their hearts, women enter the Visitation to live in unity of spirit and love and to minister to the needs of the church through their lives of contemplative prayer and apostolic outreach.
The years of formation help candidates to grow in their knowledge and love of God and to learn how to live the Gospel-inspired Visitation way of life.
Formation begins with the postulancy which extends from six months to a year. As the postulant grows in her desire for a closer union with God within our community, a two-year novitiate follows during which she will study the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
As God confirms her call to live more deeply in His love, she makes her first profession of vows. At the end of three years, the temporary professed is again invited to commit herself, this time, in a final profession of Solemn Vows. The newly professed Sister of the Visitation is now ready to move into the mystery of her vocation as it manifests itself in the Divine Providence of our loving God.