Vocations: Are You Being Called to Become a Sister?
Are you being called to help create a better future for the poor?
Do you feel that you may be called to a life of loving service for others, dedicated solely to the Lord?
There are many things to consider when thinking about becoming a Sister. Please click on the + tabs below to learn more about becoming a Sister of the Sorrowful Mother.
The first thing is to look inward and ask yourself some important questions:
– Do you feel a nudging to give more of yourself for others?
– Does your heart long to alleviate suffering?
– Do you want to share your talents to help the poor and all God’s people?
– Do you find that a career isn’t enough of a motive for your life? Do you want more?
– Does the idea of becoming a Sister keep coming back to you?
– Does your relationship with God sustain you, enliven you and invigorate you in a way that makes you want to share God’s love with others both inside and outside the community?
– Do you find yourself asking God for help?
– Do you have a sneaking suspicion that you are on the brink of a major life decision?
Are you still unsure about your role and your future?
The next step is to e-mail or talk with a Sister. A Sister can help you talk through these thoughts and your questions and concerns about being called to a religious life. Sister Lucille Flores would be happy to chat with you. You can e-mail her at email@example.com or call her at 414-640-1771.
Becoming a Sister is a step-by-step process. Women are guided through making this decision with the support of the Sisters and the communities they serve. The first questions to be asked can be found above under the How Do I Know tab.
It is important that women tune in to the voice within that is nudging them to become a Sister and pray to God for the grace to be open to God’s will. Women first need to gather more information so the commitment to this way of life is fully understood. Our Sisters are here to help guide the decision-making process.
1. The Postulancy: the period of time that precedes the novitiate. The primary purpose of this period is to assist the person to listen more deeply to God’s call and to continue her growth in the Catholic faith. The journey is actualized through significant experiences in prayer, through the experience of community life and continued service to others, especially the poor. During this time, the postulant becomes acquainted with the spiritual values and charism of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother (SSMs) and develops a sense of belonging.
a. Time duration: usually one year but the Regional Superior can extend the time period up to two years with the consent of her council
b. Residency: in a local house of SSMs that is chosen by the Provincial after consultation with the appropriate persons
Who are the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother?
What are the Entrance Requirements for becoming a Sister of the Sorrowful Mother?
- Age: Not younger than 20 or older than 45 at the date of entrance into the postulancy
- Marital Status:
- If previously married, the person may begin postulancy two years after a valid change in marital status, widowhood or annulment.
- Family responsibilities:
- Free of dependents or minor children
- No financial or legal responsibilities for a family member or relative
- Baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith
- If a convert to the Catholic faith, one must live the faith for at least two years prior to entering postulancy
- Must be physically, emotionally and mentally healthy, that is, able to participate in ministry and community life
- Must have completed three years of recovery after treatment of an addiction
- U.S. Citizens: High School education with a year’s working experience following high school; prefer completion of an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
- English-speaking Caribbean Citizens:
- Five General Certificates of Education *(GCE) or Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) subjects required
- An associate degree, bachelor’s degree or equivalent is preferred
- Spanish-speaking Caribbean Citizens:
- The ability to speak and understand the English language
- Secondary education or is equivalent
- An associate degree, bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred
- Citizenship, immigration, and naturalization
- Birth certificate, naturalization papers required
- A valid passport required
- Other requirements: Consult the SSM Director of Vocation Ministry, Sister Lucille Flores, at firstname.lastname@example.org
“God was speaking very strongly in my head. Every evening my mother told stories of different people in the world who did not know Jesus…This was really the beginning of my vocation. I loved Jesus so much that I felt sorry that others did not know him. This desire was deepening more and more in my heart. Then I met the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in Rome. They were very welcoming and announced Jesus by their simplicity, humility, hospitality.”
“I had the SSMs in school. In my little town of Villanueva, the Sisters were a quiet, yet powerful presence. One quality of the Sisters that was greatly appreciated was their respectful acceptance of who we were and of our culture. I was attracted to their prayerful presence. Each morning I would sit in church and listen to them praying in their chapel, right off the sanctuary. As I saw them in the community among us and visiting the elderly, the sick, teaching us I grew more and more in my desire to BE LIKE THEM. I believe the deep, simple faith, and prayer at home, and the lives of the Sisters were what God used to call me to religious life.”
–Sister Margaret Mary Troy
What Attracts You to Religious Life?
Interested in learning more about religious life? We would love to hear from you!
The St. Clare of Assisi Region of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother has ministries across Wisconsin; in Tulsa, Okla.; Denville, NJ; and the Dominican Republic. Internationally we have locations in Germany, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Tanzania and the Caribbean islands of Grenada, St. Lucia and Trinidad/Tobago.
What It Means to Be a Sister
Watch the video below, which includes interviews with Sisters on the meaning of religious life.