What is a sister?
A sister is a bride of Christ. She is a woman called by God to give herself entirely to Him and to the service of His people. From her relationship with Jesus flows all of the work she undertakes.
What is a vocation?
A vocation is a call from God. We have existed in the mind of God from all eternity and God has chosen this time in history to place us on this earth. He has a particular mission for each one of us and it is up to us to discover this wonderful plan. Some people are called to the single life, some are called to the vocation of marriage, and others to the vocation of religious life. When we find our vocation, we find our mission and the fullness of happiness.
What do I do to find out if I am called to this way of life?
Ask God for the grace to hear His voice and to fulfill His plan for your life. He has an amazing work for you as His child. He loves you and desires to see you living the life you were created to live. If you think that God may be calling you to a life of espousal to Him, then “come and see”.
What are the Stages of Formation in the Society of Our Lady?
If a woman feels called to this life, first she must contact the Sisters and arrange a “come and see” visit. This is typically one week at one of the houses of formation. Upon application, the woman is invited to ASPIRANCY. This is a three month period to answer three basic questions: Do I have a call to religious life? Is my call to be lived out with the Society of Our Lady? Am I ready to move on to postulancy with the Sisters?
Following Aspirancy, the woman may be invited to the POSTULANCY stage of formation, which is about a year in length. The focus during this time is on the woman’s relationship with God the Father, deepening her understanding of being made in the image and likeness of God. At the conclusion of this stage, the woman may be invited to enter the NOVITIATE. The novice receives the habit and the name of Mary as part of her relationship with Our Lady. The novitiate is two years in length: the first year is called the APOSTOLIC YEAR, where the novice serves with the community in an active apostolate, learning how to integrate her prayer life with a work. The second year, the CANONICAL YEAR, is focused on studying the Constitutions of the Sisters as well as deeper study of the vows of POVERTY, CHASTITY AND OBEDIENCE. At the end of novitiate, the novice asks permission to profess these vows, as a sign of her espousal to Christ.
Vows are made for one year and renewed each year, with the permission of the Sister Servant. After five years, the Sister may request to prepare and profess perpetual vows as a Sister of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.
Are you a contemplative or active community?
Actually, we are a contemplative-active community. All of our apostolic work flows and bears fruit from our deep life of prayer.
What are some of the practices of Sisters of SOLT?
Our daily schedule includes Morning Prayer and Spiritual Exercises, Mid-day Prayer and Rosary, Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Mass, Evening Prayer, Office of Readings, Night Prayer and Liturgy Preparation. Each sister makes her consecration to Jesus through Mary using the method given by St. Louis de Montfort.