Formation

The goal of formation in our Congregation is our growth and constant maturing in the following of Christ along the way of the evangelical counsels as Servants of the Holy Spirit.
We are to become increasingly capable of fulfilling the mission of the Congregation:
to proclaim and witness to the saving love of the Triune God among all peoples.
(Const. 501)

 

  • Requirements
  • Process of Formation
  • Phases of Formation

Requirements

We welcome women
between the ages of 20 and 40 who:

Feel called by God to a religious - missionary life;

Enjoy good physical and mental health;

Are able to help others and who are open to personal
and professional growth;

Want to share their lives and faith with other women
who have similar goals.

Process of Formation

For us, Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, formation is a continuous process
of encountering our God and responding to God's creative Word.

Therefore, our missionary formation is a life-long journey of conversion
and transformation in Christ.

While the transformation is primarily the work of God's Spirit in us,
it demands our personal response.

Our formation process enables us to know Christ more deeply,
to grow in the capacity for greater self-giving.
We seek to develop and use all our God-given talents in the service of others.

Phases of Formation

Formation in our Congregation is a life-long process of conversion
and transformation in Christ.

All of the various phases of formation are to be seen as a whole,
with particular emphases and goals for each phase.

We can differentiate six phases of formation:

1 - Awareness Phase

The Vocation Awareness Phase involves
being in communication with the S.Sp.S. vocation director
for a period of at least three months.

During this time:

    • You will be encouraged to continue your growth
      in developing a life of prayerful reflection.

    • You will be asked to get in touch with
      your attraction toward religious life and with
      your reasons for desiring to become a missionary.

    • We will ask you to explore your inclination and capacity
      to serve others such as being involved in parish activities
      or other charitable works.

    • We will also encourage you to ask questions about us,
      Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, our lifestyle, our mission,
      and our formation process.

2 - Affiliate

The Affiliate Phase offers you the opportunity
to discern your call to religious life.

    • Develop a more personal relationship with us

    • Meet periodically with our vocation director

    • Participate in retreats and live-ins

    • Spend time in one of our small communities

    • Learn about the spirit and ministries of our community


3 - Pre-Novitiate

The Pre-Novitiate Phase is essentially a time
of self-discovery and God discovery.

During this year, you will:

    • Live in our house of formation with a group of sisters

    • Prepare yourself for your future missionary service
      through study or work experience

    • Learn about the spirit and charism of our community

    • Receive personal guidance to help you make
      a mature vocation choice

4 - Novitiate

The Novitiate Phase is a two-year period of intensive
spiritual preparation for your total dedication to God
through religious profession.

You will be given time and space to:

    • Deepen your personal relationship with Christ

    • Experience alternate times of solitude and missionary service

    • Develop your relationship with God through
      study of scriptures,theology, and the spiritual life

    • Deepen your understanding and experience of poverty,
      celibacy and obedience through intense prayerful reflection

    • Learn how we, as missionaries,
      live our dedication to Christ and His people

5 - Temporary Profession

Temporary Profession takes place at the end of the novitiate.

    • You will spend some time in study and time in ministry.

    • You will have the opportunity
      to experience missionary service in a cross-cultural situation.

6 - Perpetual Profession
Perpetual Profession is the major decision that
takes place after six years in temporary vows.
It is fortifying you for the journey of constant
conversion and openness to the Spirit.