Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

The Romance of Religious Life (Part 5 of 7)

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

NOVICE: THE “WE’RE ENGAGED!” PHASE

The day has come – the postulant is clothed in the Dominican habit, donned with the white veil of a novice, and given her new name.  It is at this moment that she is now truly a child of the Dominican Order.  Her engagement to Christ Jesus is announced and she applies herself even more diligently to her prayer life, observance of the Rule and Constitutions of the Order, and conforming herself to her Beloved.  To allow her enough time to lay a foundation, which needs to be strong enough to support the rest of her religious life, the Church mandates the novitiate last at least one year before a novice may profess vows.  Our community has a two-year novitiate period.

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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