Frequently Ask Questions

How long does it take to become a Sister of the Good Shepherd?
Usually it takes 8 years to make one’s final vows as a sister of the Good Shepherd.

Do you have an age requirement?
We do have an age policy. We accept pre-candidates between the ages of 18 to 39. Depending upon the circumstances and the woman we do on occasion make exceptions.

Do you have to have a college degree before you enter?
We require the candidate to have two years of college or work experience. For most of our apostolic ministries a Bachelors degree is usually necessary. This can be pursued later on.

What if you have been married?
Canon Law requires that persons who have been previously married and are divorced - must receive an annulment in order to be eligible to make public vows. Widows are free to make public vows.

What if you have children?
The children must be over twenty-one years of age and living independently.

Do you accept converts?
Yes we do. We generally ask that the person requesting to begin the exploration process with us, be a practicing Catholic for a minimum of two years.

What kind of qualities are you looking for in a potential candidate?
Prayerful. Open. Flexible. Self-reflective. Good physical and emotional health. Good interpersonal and relational skills modeled after Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Good sense of humor. Willing to become knowledgeable and active in social justice issues.

How will I come to know the Good Shepherd Sisters?
We offer a number of retreat and service opportunities in many locations throughout the year. We also arrange for visits upon request. Please complete the contact form below for more information.



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