As baptized Catholics, we are called to a particular vocation where we can grow in relationship with God as we live the values presented in the Gospels and continue to make Christ’s presence known to the world according to one’s state in life. Most people are called to marriage; some others, to the single state. A religious vocation is a response to a call to follow Christ and to respond to the needs of others as full-time ministers within the Catholic Church. It entails a life-long journey with the Master during which one is invited daily to grow deeper in relationship with God according to a particular charism given to the congregation. This way of life is characterized by fidelity to the Church, by prayer and the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, by a life lived in and supported by the strength of community, and by the spiritual development that religious life offers.
Deciding the way in which one can best serve God requires discernment – the process of considering all aspects before making a choice.
Our vocation directors, Sister Patricia Eleanor and Sister Mary Anne who are seen here setting up a vocation display, would be pleased to answer your questions, and through consultation, prayer and reflection, help you as you consider your interest in religious life.
Becoming a Sister of the Holy Spirit involves four steps in what is called the Formation Process. Each stage of this process focuses on all aspects of growth and vocation discernment. This includes self-knowledge, prayer and spirituality, a specific understanding of the community, and commitment through the profession of vows.
This period of one (1) year is a time you maintain contact with the Sisters while continuing your usual work and living situation.
As a postulant, you live in and participate in the life of the community for a period of six (6) months to one (1) year while continuing your work. During this time you become more familiar with our ministries and mission.
For a period of two years you will continue spiritual development. Your will also learn the history and traditions, lifestyle, and Constitution of our community as well as engage in active ministry.
Following the novitiate you may make temporary profession of the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience for a period of three years. Temporary vows may be renewed annually for up to three years. A profession of final vows is a commitment to live the vows for life.
Is God calling you to religious life?
Would you like to join us in our work of Love and Joy?
Contact the Sisters of the Holy Spirit Vocations Office
5246 Clarwin Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15229