Becoming a …religious is not primarily our own decision…. Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.
—Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013
The Vocation Discernment Process
Inquiry: From initial contact through a decision to begin living in community, this is a time of accompaniment as a women discerns her call. Usual a woman continues to live as before whether working or studying but begins to explore her call through prayer, spiritual direction and regular contact with a vocation minister.
Vocation Placement: A time of discernment while living in community, learning about the vocation of a Missionary Servant of the Most Blessed Trinity and working in ministry. The ingredients of this time are tailored to the background and needs of the person.
Candidacy: A time of growth in knowledge of the Faith and Spiritual Life, in self-knowledge, and in discernment to the particular call as a Missionary Servant of the Most Blessed Trinity. Candidacy lasts from six to twelve months.
Novitiate: The Novitiate is a time of deepening in the vocational call and commitment. Studies focus on the MSBT charism, history and mission. It’s a time of preparation to make vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a Missionary Servant of the Most Blessed Trinity. Generally, Novitiate lasts eighteen months.
Temporary profession: After a woman completes the Novitiate she professes the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. She is assigned to a mission and lives and works with other Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. She renews her vows annually and after a year on a second mission may request to make Perpetual Profession of Vows as a Missionary Servant of the Most Blessed Trinity.
Discernment is …a prayerful process by which experiences are interpreted in faith.”
–Bishop Robert Morneau