Formation Stages

  • Aspirancy: 1-4 years At this stage, candidates are beginning to be exposed to prayer life, community life, and continue with their discernment to religious life. They are to learn Christian moral virtues, spirituality The candidates live in the convent with the sisters. They continue going to school or work if their situation requires.
  • Pre-Novitiate (Postulancy): 6 months to 1 year. The purpose for candidates at this stage is to confirm their religious vocation and to prepare for entrance into the Novitiate. This period helps the Congregation to know the candidates’ personalities, abilities, and motivations for choosing the religious life.
  • Novitiate: 2 years. The purpose is to help candidates further confirm their call with more certainty, to form them according to the spirit of the Congregation of the Lovers of the Holy Cross, and for the Congregation to evaluate the candidates’ suitability.
  • Temporary Profession: 5-6 years. After Novitiate program, candidates will profess their vows and continue to renew their vows until their 5th year. At this stage, the purpose is to help the sisters to live a more definite consecration for Christ and to carry out the mission of the Congregation more suitably.
  • Perpetual Profession. The final profession is the beginning of the Sister’s permanent commitment to God by the evangelical counsels in the LHC Congregation. However, ongoing formation is to be continued throughout the life ofthe sisters.