Formation consists of:

  • Aspirancy - minimum of one year, not to exceed two years.
  • Postulancy - one year, and may be extended not to exceed another twelve months.
  • Novitiate - two years.
  • Temporary Profession - five years—this may be extended in such a way that the total number of years of formation (including the aspirancy) does not exceed 12 years.
  • and then Solemn Profession with solemn perpetual vows.

Age for admission is eighteen years and over. Although the Founder specified no age limit, each community must try to balance the sisters’ ages so that the community can be viable. Great prudence has to be exercised with regard to receiving older subjects.

By a special indult of the Holy See, the Visitation Sisters may bring aspirants into the cloister for a VOCATION RETREAT, to experience life in the cloister for a weekend, a week, or longer. These retreats are arranged on an individual basis and require a letter of recommendation from the spiritual director, the pastor, or equally qualified person who knows the aspirant.

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