(6-18 months) for women who have been in contact
with Good Shepherd and have expressed an interest in discerning
more seriously their call to religious life as lived by
the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. The pre-candidate meets
with the vocation director on a regular basis (every 4
weeks or so). She also has opportunities to visit Good
Shepherd communities and ministries, and to participate
in Come and See weekends, One Week a Shepherd program,
and mission experiences.
Candidacy: (the pre-novitiate period:
10 months - 2 years) to provide women seriously
exploring their vocation to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
with the opportunity to live apostolic or contemplative
religious life in all of its aspects - prayer,
community, ministry. During this time the candidate lives
with a Good Shepherd community.
Novitiate: (2 years)
first year of novitiate is considered “canonical” year.
This year is devoted to prayer, reflection, study
of our Catholic tradition, Catholic social teaching,
Church, scripture, spirituality, religious life,
Good Shepherd mission, life and spirit of the congregation.
The novice continues to participate in the life of
the local community and Province.
second year of novitiate is considered “apostolic”
year for the novice who is a Good Shepherd apostolic
sister. The novice lives in a local community and is
engaged in apostolic ministry. She is also continuing
to deepen her relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd
through prayer and through the people with whom she
is ministering. A Good Shepherd contemplative novice
would continue to live in community and participate
in all of itâ€™s aspects as she deepens her understanding
of contemplative religious life and her relationship
to Jesus, the Good Shepherd through prayer. She continues
to participate in formation programs with other Good
Shepherd Sisters and also in intercommunity formation
Profession: (5 years)
temporary professed sister lives Good Shepherd vowed
apostolic or contemplative life in all of its fullness.
During this time she continues to deepen her relationship
with God and her identity as a Good Shepherd Sister
by participating in the life of the local community,
the province, the congregation. She also participates
in Good Shepherd Formation Programs, as well as intercommunity
formation programs as available and recommended.
Profession (Final Vows)