Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

The Romance of Religious Life (Part 3 of 7)

This is the third part in a seven-part series.  The prior posts may be found here.  Check back for the rest!

ASPIRANT: THE “YOU COULD BE ‘THE ONE’” PHASE

 

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After a time of correspondence and a few visits with a community, you decide, “Perhaps there’s something serious here.”  And, if the community agrees, you have a time of aspirancy.  Aspirancy is a bit like steady dating (or courting, if you prefer).  The community permits the young woman to come inside the cloister for a time of deeper discernment.  In our community, the time given for aspirancy is one month.  During that time, the aspirant joins the novitiate community and enters the daily rhythms of religious life: prayer, liturgy, work, recreation, meals, silence and laughter.  Then, the young woman returns home to consider and pray about all she’s experienced (while the community does the same as well).  If the young woman and the community mutually agree “I really think you are ‘the one’”, the young woman can take the next steps to apply to enter as a postulant.

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Interested in learning more about Dominican contemplative life and our community? If you are a young (ages 18-40), single Catholic woman, we invite and encourage you to contact our vocation directress, Sister Joseph Marie to get your questions answered or to set up a time to chat or visit. Also, our next “Come-and-See” Day is July 16, 2016. Contact Sister Joseph Marie to learn more or to register.

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