Purpose: To assist a woman in knowing that the call to vowed religious life is one possible response to God’s invitation to the fullness of life
Duration: Determined by mutual discernment of a woman and the Vocation Director.
Activities: Communication; contact; visits; development of understanding of religious life in relationship to the Catholic Church; experience of Grey Nun spirituality through attending Congregational events, etc.
Responsible Person: Vocation Director with assistance as needed.
Purpose: To provide a woman with adequate time, experiences and support to discern the possibility of her call to vowed religious life within this congregation.
Duration: Six (6) to eighteen (18) months.
Activities: Regular meetings with vocation director or mentor; guided instruction; experience of Grey Nuns in community and ministry; live-in experience; on-going formation activities as mutually discerned.
Requirements: Must be Catholic (minimum of two years) and at least 21 years of age with evidence of maturity and freedom sufficient to discern a life commitment; remain in current living situation and employment.
Responsible Person: Assigned Mentor and Vocation Director
Postulancy serves as a bridge into the Novitiate, providing a lived experience of Community life while respecting the woman’s current employment situation
Purpose: To provide a time of deeper discernment and preparation in a community setting with an emphasis on prayer, Grey Nun Spirituality, community life, and ministry.
Duration: Six (6) Months to one (1) year
Activities: A deepening of the activities begun during Affiliation. Spiritual direction, a guided program, and living with the Sisters are essential components.
Requirements: Openness to participating in personal evaluations required prior to Novitiate including: submitting Sacramental, educational and employment records, references; physical and mental health evaluations; and background checks.
Responsible Person: Director of Initial Formation
We invite you to contact us if you would like to know more about becoming a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart.
If you prefer to call, Maryellen is available to speak with you at 215-968-4236, ext.208. We look forward to hearing from you!