This is the fourth part in a seven-part series. The prior posts may be found here. Check back for the rest!
POSTULANT: THE “I REALLY THINK YOU ARE ‘THE ONE’” PHASE
Just as in dating/courting, you reach a point of committing to be in an exclusive relationship with another person prior to making a formal commitment to that person, so too in religious life. The time of postulancy is a time of committed discernment. A young woman has given up most of her possessions, her car, her apartment, and her job, because she has been led by God to believe this really could be the place He has called her. But she has not yet made a formal commitment, nor has she even committed to enter into that commitment. It is a time of learning more about what that commitment will entail, with the joys and crosses of religious life and observance of the Rule. Postulancy in our community lasts six to twelve months.
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.