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.