FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Sister?
A sister is a Bride of Christ. She is a woman called by God to give herself entirely to Him and to the service of His people. From her relationship with Jesus flows all of the work she undertakes.
What is a vocation?
A vocation is a call from God. We have existed in the mind of God from all eternity and God has chosen this time in history to place us on this earth. He has a particular mission for each one of us and it is up to us to discover this wonderful plan. Some people are called to the single life, some people are called to the vocation of marriage and others to the vocation of religious life. When we find our vocation, we find our mission and we find the fullness of happiness.
What do I do to Find Out if I am Called to this Life?
Ask God for the grace to hear His voice and to fulfill His plan for your life. He has an amazing work for you as His child. He loves you and desires to see you living the life you were created to live. If you think that God may be calling you to a life of espousal to Him then "come and see".
What are the Stages of Formation in the Society of Our Lady?
If a woman feels called to this life, first she must contact the Sisters and arrange a "come and see" visit. This is typically one week at one of the houses of formation. Upon application, the woman is invited to ASPIRANCY. This is a three month period to answer three basic questions: Do I have a call to religious life? Is my call to be lived out with the Society of Our Lady? Am I ready to move on to postulancy with the Sisters?
Are you a contemplative or active community?
Actually, we are a contemplative active community. All of our apostolic work flows and bears fruit from our deep life of prayer.
What are some of the practices of Sisters of the Society of Our Lady?
Our daily schedule includes Morning Prayer and Spiritual Exercises, Mid-day Prayer and Rosary, Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Mass, Evening Prayer, Office of Readings, Night Prayer and Liturgy Preparation. Each sister makes her consecration to Our Lady through the method given by St. Louis de Montfort.
Sr. Mary Emmanuel with a group of Aspirants in Mora, New Mexico
Fr. James Sanchez and Fr. John McHugh, SOLT Pastors of St. Gertrude Parish
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