Responding to the Heart of the King
"Each Vocation is a Mystery" ~ Bishop Flavin
Stages of Formation
The formation program of the School Sisters of Christ the King begins even before a young woman enters the doors of
the Motherhouse to begin living the common life of the Sisters. A life of prayer, virtue, and desire to grow in union
with Christ are the basis of the formation program. Once a young woman, in consultation with the Directress of
Vocations, decides to enter the School Sisters of Christ the King, she decides to embark upon a journey of love
with Christ that will never end.
The main stages of the formation program after entrance into the community are as follows. A brief description of each is included.
Stages of Formation
Candidate: Pre-entrance program provides opportunities to become more acquainted with the prayer, spirit and work for the Sisters.
Postulant: The first 11 months are spent at the Motherhouse deepening a life of prayer and service while learning about the life of the Sisters.
Novice: A 2-year program; the novice receives the habit of the community and a religious name, studies the
constitutions and customs of the community, deepens a life of prayer and love for God, and becomes more deeply a contemplative;
the first year is spent at the Motherhouse while the second year consists of integrating the contemplative dimension of the lives
of the Sisters with the apostolic zeal that is manifest in their apostolate of Catholic education.
Sister in First Vows: Normally the 5 years after the first profession of the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience that are renewed
yearly; the Sister continues her education and is assigned an apostolic mission in the Catholic schools when her education is complete;
monthly formation programs occur to continue the formation begun in the novitiate.
Perpetually Professed Sister: the stage of on-going formation which begins after perpetual profession and continues until
death; the Sister continues to strive to incorporate her contemplative mission with her apostolic zeal while deepening her
love for and commitment to the community.
The newly professed pose with Bishop James Conley and their parents.
From left: Gary Bader, Dee Bader, Sr. Mary Immaculata, Bishop Conley,
Sr. Peter Marie, Julie Lewandowski, Mark Lewandowski. (Photo courtesy of Emily Marsolek)
First Profession 2013
Sisters Peter Marie and Mary Immaculata of the School Sisters of Christ the King made First Profession
of Vows in Our Lady of the Coronation Chapel at Villa Regina Motherhouse on January 5, 2013. The Most
Reverend James D. Conley was the main celebrant and homilist of the Mass during which they made their
first commitment to the Lord, receiving the blue veil of the professed Sisters and a ring, signifying
their spousal relationship with Christ the King.
Sister Peter Marie
Sister Peter Marie is the daughter of Mark and Julie Lewandowski of Ascension Parish in Overland Park, Kansas.
She is a graduate of Blue Valley High School. Before entering religious life, Sister spent three years studying
at UNL where she was involved with the Newman Center and FOCUS. Sister Peter Marie will continue team teaching
in the fourth grade classroom at St. Vincent de Paul School in Seward, Nebraska, during the spring semester.
Sister Mary Immaculata
Sister Mary Immaculata is the daughter of Gary and Dee Bader of Immaculate Conception Parish in Ulysses, Nebraska.
She is a graduate of Centennial High School in Utica. Sister entered religious life after studying at UNL for three
years. During her college years she participated in Newman Center and FOCUS events. She also served on Totus Tuus
teams for the Diocese of Lincoln during two summers. Sister Mary Immaculata will begin her studies in elementary
education at Benedictine College and reside at St. James House of Studies in St. Joseph, Missouri.