Benedictine Sisters

Seeking a Vocation?

If you are seeking something more in your life, you may have a calling to monastic life. The God you seek is also seeking you.

Becoming a Benedictine Sister

Everyone is called by God to live a Christ-centered life. All life choices, marriage, the single life, religious life and holy orders, serve as a call to holiness and service to God’s People.

The call to holiness, received at Baptism, is a universal call to a lifelong deepening of one’s relationship with God.

St. Paul’s Monastery Vocations

Religious life is a very special calling. You must have a deep yearning for the sacred and a call to journey with others. Living out what you believe, is what we do at the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery.

SISTER STORIES

Benedictines follow The Rule of St. Benedict. Monastic profession includes vows of obedience, stability, and conversion of life. These vows include celibacy and simplicity of life.

We live under the leadership of a Prioress, in a community with mutual listening, respect and understanding for one another. We are part of a worldwide community of Benedictines with a1500-year-old tradition. The Stages of Formation:

The Vowed Sister Process

Benedictines follow The Rule of St. Benedict. Monastic profession includes vows of obedience, stability, and conversion of life. These vows include celibacy and simplicity of life.

We live under the leadership of a Prioress, in a community with mutual listening, respect and understanding for one another. We are part of a worldwide community of Benedictines with a1500-year-old tradition. The Stages of Formation:

AFFILIATE

The initial stage is a period of time during which you meet with the Membership Director to discern and explore the Benedictine Way of Life and how you can make a difference. During the Affiliation Stage you meet regularly with the Membership Director or any Sister in the community discerns whether you are called to life in this community. Affiliates are women who have been in communication with us and have expressed an interest in discerning more seriously their call to the monastic life as lived by the Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Paul’s Monastery. This stage can last from six months to two years.

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POSTULANT

During Postulancy you live as part of the community in order to further discern your call. In this second stage, the discerning woman moves into the Monastery to share our prayer, work and leisure. This is a time for balance of ministry and community prayer and life. This stage can last from six months to two years.

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NOVICE

The Novitiate is a yearlong period of contemplation, prayer and study. The third step in becoming a Sister is, it is a period of one year to two years and includes in-depth study of the Benedictine way of life through prayer, study, reflection, solitude and work. Class work covers Scripture, The Rule of Benedict and monastic profession.

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TEMPORARY PROFESSION

The years following Temporary Profession are a time to enter more deeply into the experience of monastic vowed commitment and to develop a rhythm of prayer, community and ministry. At this stage you receive the title “Sister”. This stage is known as “Temporary Profession” and lasts from three to six years. During this time the new Sister lives as a full member of community. During Temporary Profession a Sister continues her discernment to the final step.

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FINAL PROFESSION

The initial stage is a period of time during which you meet with the This is a life-long commitment to seek God according to the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict with the members of St. Paul’s Monastery.

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RESOURCES

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VOCATIONS NETWORK

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THE ORDER OF ST. BENEDICT

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NATIONAL CATHOLIC SISTERS WEEK

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FEDERATION OF ST. BENEDICT

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AIM USA

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