-The Spirituality of Our Pioneer Sisters
Formation is a life-long journey! Each day, each moment of our life, we are learning and growing. Every activity we undertake or goal we strive to achieve requires a training or a learning period. This is true also for someone entering religious life.
A candidate entering the Postulancy will begin a formation program that will be very intense for the next two to three years. But religious formation does not end with the profession of vows, not even with the profession of perpetual vows. Formation is a life-long journey!
The Postulancy and Novitiate, the time of initial formation, begins the transformation of a young woman desiring to consecrate her life to God into a member of a religious community, living and giving her every moment, word, action and thought for God’s glory and honor.
A Catholic woman may be admitted to our community provided she meets canonical requirements (CAN. 641-645) and is motivated by a sincere desire to live religious life manifested by a free, unconditional, personal response to God's call.
She must be capable of fulfilling the duties of this state with a spirit of joy.
Physical and mental health, including the degree of emotional maturity necessary to live our community life with happiness and satisfaction, are required.
At this time we are only accepting women who are United States citizens, permanent residents of the United States, or citizens of Canada.
Ordinarily we accept women aged 18-40. Some exceptions for very strong candidates can be made but not generally past age 50. The individual must have completed high school.
So much of formation is accomplished through the example of others, experience and personal imitation and practice. Equally important is the classroom instruction. All areas of our faith, life and ministry are taught by our clergy, sisters and members of our healthcare ministry, utilizing Sacred Scripture, Church documents, and writings of theologians. This formal instruction complements and strengthens what is learned by observation, practice and experience.
So after all this instruction and learning, will you be tested? How will you know if you have successfully completed the initial formation period? Well, all of this training is to test and strengthen your love of God and His people and your desire to give your life completely in His service. That is your test---your willingness and ability to embrace the life of a religious by profession of vows of consecrated chastity, poverty and obedience and to continue being formed and growing into the likeness of Christ for the rest of your life.
-Can. 652 §2
Temporary Profession is part of the Initial Formation in Religious Life. The Sister under temporary vows may work in the apostolate, take professional or academic education. She has formation classes on certain weekends. She continues to learn from the Sisters she lives and works with. Normally our Sisters make temporary vows for 2 years and then renew them for 3 years before professing perpetual vows.
Are you thinking about becoming a Sister or a Nun? Would you like to know more, discuss your discernment or arrange to come for a visit?
Contact our Vocation Director: Sister Rose Therese, O.S.F.phone: (309) 655-2645mail: The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis House of Formation 740 NE Glen Oak Avenue Peoria, IL 61603-3100Email
Are you trying to reach one of our Sisters or find out about an event at our motherhouse, like our annual bazaar?
Call or write: phone: (309) 699-7215mail: The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis Motherhouse 1175 St. Francis Lane East Peoria, IL 61611-1299
Don’t know who to talk to about a healthcare related issue?
Contact: The individual facility or service line, listed here: http://www.osfhealthcare.org/facilities/ Or, Billing and Charity Assistance: OSF Patient Accounts & Access Center at (309) 683-6750 or toll-free at (800) 421-5700 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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