The Poor Clares have three stages of formation typically conducted over a period of six years: one year of postulancy, two years of noviceship, and three years of temporary vows (during which time she is called a junior) before making solemn vows.

These time frames are guidelines as each stage of formation is flexible and meant to serve the needs of each individual.

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Postulancy

Postulancy

Postulancy in the Order of Saint Clare today is at least a year of preparation for that kind of total giving which will be climaxed in solemn Profession some six years later.

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Noviceship

Noviceship

Every novice receives a new religious name, by which she will henceforth be known, and whose mystery becomes her own in a gradually deepening sense. Because a life of prayer and penance is a life which generates that joy and peace which the world cannot give or take away, the day that a postulant becomes a novice is a day of special rejoicing in the monastery.

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Temporary Vows

Temporary Vows

In exchanging the white veil of the novice for the black veil of the professed nun, the young Poor Clare assumes her full responsibilities as a member of her Order: prayer, penance, fidelity. For embracing the hard and austere things that lead to God, the vows bring a marvelous strength.

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Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

First Profession of vows is made for a period of approximately three years. This is a time of continued discernment on the part of the community of the capacity of the newly professed sister to fulfill the obligations of the cloistered contemplative for the whole time of her life.

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