Our vocation is a 'mystery', a gift of God, a call revealing itself only gradually - an irresistible attraction drawing us to the Lord, freeing our hearts from attachment to material things and enabling us to freely offer ourselves in love to the Lord. Like St. Paul we 'consider everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord'. Single young women attracted to this way of life are welcome to attend any of our vocation weekends.

Stages of Formation

Postulancy

 
Lasts for at least 8 months – the aspirant participates in the life of the novitiate but continues to wear secular dress.

Formation

Novitiate

 
Begins with reception of the religious habit and white veil. During the next two years the novice begins to participate more fully in the life of the community as she discerns if the Lord is calling her to profession.

Formation

Profession

 
Having completed two years as a novice, she makes profession for three years as she continues to discern the Lord’s call.

Formation

Solemn Profession

 
Through solemn profession we are totally consecrated to God in the Order until death.

Formation
 

Why do young women dedicate themselves to our way of life?

Here are some responses from members of our community:
“A youthful longing to give myself totally to Jesus, coupled with an attraction to solitude led me to the monastery. Later I realised that Jesus had long before fallen in love with me – still later came the consciousness of a missionary outreach, and an endlessly hidden and deep apostolic adventure opened up for me.”
“For many years I wanted to give myself to God in the religious life but my desire for the contemplative life grew from a daily visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Later I understood that love of God and of neighbour are two sides of the one coin. My aim since then has been to open myself to the work of the Holy Spirit and become an apostolic contemplative.”
“Compelled by an overwhelming and irresistible attraction for Jesus I entered the monastery seeking to come to a deeper knowledge and love of Him, believing that this radical way of life would facilitate this encounter with Him.”
“From early childhood I had a great longing to dedicate myself wholly to Jesus as a missionary who would bring the knowledge of his love to those who did not know Him. Then one day I became aware that as a missionary I would be confined to one area and that in fact I could reach a limitless number of people through a life of prayer and sacrifice so I decided to follow the Lord’s call to the monastery.”

Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to Him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI