When John the Baptist introduced Jesus to his disciples “Behold the Lamb of God” they were impelled to follow Jesus, curious to learn
about Him. They followed, keeping their distance. Jesus did the first move, turning around and asking them “What is it you seek?”
Rabbi, where do you live? “Come and see” was Jesus’ simple reply. The seekers had the courage to follow his invitation and stayed
with Him. We are all called and invited to find out who Jesus is. We all have an individual vocation which encompasses our whole lives:
the people we are, the choices we make and the lives we live. Each of us has a special path to follow in life!
Many of the stories in the Bible are about individuals who have been called, who have been invited to come and see. People such as
Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Myriam, Ruth and Judith, Mary the mother of Jesus, the apostles and the women in Jesus' company.
They heard God's call and responded to the promptings of the Spirit. God's is inviting you today to come and see... what might be in
store for you. If you are considering religious life, come and visit us. We invite you to set aside some time for reflection and to experience
our way of life.We also invite you to participate in the "Come and See Retreats" at the Convent of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters.
The goal of formation in our Congregation is our growth and constant maturing in the following of Christ along the way of the
evangelical counsels as Servants of the Holy Spirit. We are to become increasingly capable of fulfilling the mission of the Congregation:
to proclaim and witness to the saving love of the Triune God among all peoples. (Const. 501)
We welcome women between the ages of 20 and 40 who:
Feel called by God to a religious - missionary life;
Enjoy good physical and mental health;
Are able to help others and who are open to personal and professional growth;
Want to share their lives and faith with other women who have similar goals.
For us, Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, formation is a continuous process of encountering our God and responding to God's
creative Word. Therefore, our missionary formation is a life-long journey of conversion and transformation in Christ. While the
transformation is primarily the work of God's Spirit in us, it demands our personal response. Our formation process enables
us to know Christ more deeply, to grow in the capacity for greater self-giving. We seek to develop and use all our God-given
talents in the service of others.
Formation in our Congregation is a life-long process of conversion and transformation in Christ. All of the various phases of formation
are to be seen as a whole, with particular emphases and goals for each phase.
We can differentiate six phases of formation:
The Vocation Awareness Phase involves being in communication with the S.Sp.S. vocation director for a period of at least three months.
During this time:
The Affiliate Phase offers you the opportunity to discern your call to religious life.
The Pre-Novitiate Phase is essentially a time of self-discovery and God discovery.
During this year, you will:
The Novitiate Phase is a two-year period of intensive spiritual preparation for your total dedication to God through religious profession.
You will be given time and space to:
Temporary Profession takes place at the end of the novitiate.
Perpetual Profession is the major decision that takes place after six years in temporary vows. It is fortifying you for the journey of
constant conversion and openness to the Spirit.
We are all God's children. Developing a special relationship with our loving God is the real purpose and goal in our lives. There can
be no doubt that a person's self fulfillment and ultimate happiness greatly depends on this relationship with God. It can be a religious
missionary vocation which a woman may choose. In our journey of faith, we may have many ways to respond to God's invitation to a
creative life. In the Catholic Church we have traditional tried and proven ways of responding to God: Married love, dedication in single
life or religious/vowed life. In our case, we invite young women to a religious missionary life in our missionary congregation.
Some initial questions to consider when seeking out religious life...
Faith sharing groups meet once a week (Each group choose day time and place).
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: (First Friday and Third Monday of each month).
Private Recollection: Once a month
This is the community schedule. Sisters who have a ministry outside of the community may have a different schedule according to her responsibilities.