The Sisters of Mary of the Presentation is a Roman Catholic order founded in 1828. The Sisters have built and staffed schools, hospitals, and missions on three continents. The heart of the order is a life of prayer and devotion to God.
V O W S
VOW OF CONSECRATED CHASTITY
“I will espouse you to me forever . . . and you shall know the Lord. “ Hosea 2:21a, 22b
Consecrated chastity, assumed in faith, transforms life and renders it available to love. In giving oneself unreservedly to Christ, the Sisters open themselves to a friendship which is mutual and universal. Freed of the exclusive dimension which is proper to conjugal love, they are open to receive and to love all as brothers and sisters in Christ.
VOW OF POVERTY
“Seek first God’s kingship over you, God’s way of holiness, and all these things will be given you besides.” Matthew 6:33
Out of love for Jesus, the Sisters vow poverty: they choose to put all goods in common, to live in a spirit of dependence and to share with those in need.
VOW OF OBEDIENCE
“I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
Consecrated obedience calls the Sisters to surrender their entire lives to God in faith, hope, and love. God, in turn, consecrates them through the Church, to God’s glory and praise. The Sisters are always open and listening for God’s will in their lives.
S T A G E S
If you believe that you are being called to religious life the first step is to contact a religious congregation and prayerfully discuss the choice.
This is a time of more formally getting to know the congregation, maybe by working in ministries with the Sisters or volunteering with them.
This is a time of moving in with a group of Sisters to experience their life more fully. This period lasts approximately one year. The single woman continues to be responsible for her own livelihood and may continue to work at her own job, go to school, etc.
This stage lasts for 2 years. There is a formal application process before this stage begins. The first year is a time of solitude – living with the congregation, studying, and praying. The second year is a time of engaging in the communal life of prayer and ministry.