How Do I Become A Sister Of The Transfiguration?
If you are beginning to wonder about a possible call to be a part of the religious life with us, the first step is getting to know us and letting us get to know you. Write to us. Come for a visit. Come for several visits. It is also recommended that you visit at least two other communities before making any more formal commitment. If there is a sense that God is inviting us to move forward together, the next step would be a visit for at least a month as a Candidate. You will be asked to fill out an application form and write about yourself. You will need to have physical and psychological exams and share the results with the Novice Guardian. We will also do a background check. This is a requirement of the House of Bishops and necessary for insurance purposes. All of this information will be kept confidential.
After a month as a Candidate, if it seems right to both you and the Community, a date will be set for you to be received as a Postulant. You will wear a simple blue skirt or jumper, white blouse with long sleeves and a short white veil and be given a silver Jerusalem Cross pin. You will move out of the Guest Wing of the Convent and into the Sister's Wing with the rest of us. Postulancy lasts a minimum of one year.
The next step is being clothed (given the habit of) a Novice. This is also the result of mutual discernment, and requires election by a majority of Sisters. (The same election process is used for First Profession and for Life Profession) You will be a Novice for at least one and a half years.
As a Candidate, Postulant and Novice, you will take classes, engage in individual study and join in the worship and prayer of the Community. During this time your involvement in the ministries of the Community will gradually increase.
Election to First Profession may follow the Novitiate. At First Profession, you make temporary vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. First Profession brings with it all the privileges and obligations of a Life Professed Sister, except for formal voting privileges in Community matters. During First Profession (and sometimes sooner) you are likely to have the opportunity to serve for some months in one of the branch houses or branch ministries of the Community.
After a year and a half of First Profession, you may request to be considered for Life Profession.
Once elected and duly Life Professed, you learn first hand what is meant by the saying “You are always a Novice.” The grace continues to be offered for, being challenged, deepening in faith, struggling through dry and difficult times and rejoicing in times of growth.