The Aspirancy is the transitional period from secular life to monastic life. It is a time of discernment which allows the candidate to experiment our way of life for one year.
The Postulancy is a year which allows the candidate to grow in her awareness and response to the Divine call. She takes steps to follow Christ concretely as she immerses herself in prayer, study and communal life.
The Novitiate is a two-year period of intense preparation for the vows and continued discernment of the Divine Call. Religious life begins with the Novitiate and the donning of our monastic habit.
Christ's way of living in chastity, poverty and obedience appears as the most radical way of living the Gospel on this earth, a way which may be called 'divine', for it was embraced by him, God and man, as the expression of his relationship as the Only-Begotten Son with the Father and with the Holy Spirit.
(Vita Consecrata 18)
The Juniorate begins with the sister's First Profession of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. She will renew her vows every year for seven years as she continues her journey of formation. During this time, her vocation matures and is strengthened in preparation for Perpetual Vows.
The deepest meaning of the evangelical counsels is revealed when they are viewed in relation to the Holy Trinity, the source of holiness. They are in fact an expression of the love of the Son for the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. By practicing the evangelical counsels, the consecrated person lives with particular intensity the Trinitarian and Christological dimension which marks the whole Christian life.
(Vita Consecrata 21)
At her Perpetual Profession, the sister vows to God to adore Jesus in the Eucharist all the days of her life and to keep the Evangelical Counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience forever as a Trinitarian of Mary.
Formation is an ongoing process that encompasses our entire life. A strengthening in our relationship with Christ, a deeper understanding of Divine Truth, as well as the personal growth that comes from the transition into new levels of wisdom and maturity are all ways in which we become a true spouse of Christ.