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Becoming a sister

If you feel that you would like to live the life of a Religious Sister of Charity, here is how you can start the process:

  1. Contact the RSC’s closest to you:
    • Ireland
    • England/Scotland
    • Zambia
    • California
    • Nigeria
    • Malawi
  2. Meet with a Sister of Charity
  3. Spend some time discerning whether you are called to serve God in this way

The postulancy is a period of reflection and formation that precedes admission to the novitiate.  It would normally last for 12 months.

The novitiate normally lasts for two years.  It is a time when education and formation for the Congregation begins.  The first year is usually spent in the novitiate house. During the second year, the novice experiences ministry and community life outside the novitiate, in preparation for life as a professed Religious Sister of Charity.

Temporary Professed
At the end of the novitiate the novice makes her first vows, which is also known as being admitted to temporary profession. These vows are initially for a period of three years, and may be renewed for one, two or three years.

Final Profession
After the period of temporary profession, it is usual to proceed to full incorporation into the Congregation. The sister commits herself for life by taking perpetual vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and service of the poor.

Continuing Formation
Religious Sisters of Charity are engaged in lifelong learning with regular renewal and updating of skills for their work, prayer life and community.