Section title text:  An FCJ Vocation.


Crucifix on a prayer cloth.How do you become an FCJ Sister?
To become a sister we have a time of training which we call formation. This is a guided process of personal growth and development through which a woman responds to God's call to be a faithful companion of Jesus.

What is formation for?
When a woman comes to join us in community she begins to live the life of a sister. Formation aims to help her to develop this. The goal of formation is to prepare us for mission, so that we become effective instruments in God's hands, for the good of God's people everywhere.

How long does it take to become an FCJ Sister?

Although from the time a woman first joins the community, she lives the life of a sister, there are three formal stages of training before she will make her final vows. These are called; Postulancy, Novitiate, and Temporary Profession. After this a sister makes her Final Profession of vows.

Each of the stages and how long they take is outlined in more detail below:

Postulancy (6 months - 2 years)

Postulancy is a time of personal spiritual growth with a focus on human development. It is a time of asking questions and ultimately of asking to join our Society as a novice.

Carving of the name of Jesus.Novitiate (2 - 2½ years)

During this time the new member is encouraged to:

Temporary Profession (6 - 9 years, before making Final Vows)

Temporary profession offers the newly professed sister an opportunity to live as a religious woman.

Ongoing Formation
Tertianship or 'School of the Heart'.

Each FCJ sister recognises that formation for mission is a lifelong process. We are encouraged to make full use of opportunities for personal, spiritual and professional development.

A key moment in each sister's ongoing formation is the 'Tertianship' (or third year of study and reflection). This year is described in the Constitutions as 'The School of the Heart'.


To have this name,
                I would give everything,
                                  all that I am.      (Marie Madeleine, foundress)