Vocations

Are you feeling called to serve God and others as a religious woman? Do you:
Have good health and sound mind
Be a baptized and confirmed Catholic
Be a communicant
Believe in God's love for the world
Have a missionary spirit to mission where ever you are sent
Have five (5) credits including good grades and mathematics (in O'levels WAEC/GCE or OND, B.Sc, B.A, etc.)
Age limit; 18-26

For inquiry or application write to the vocation directress of any of our member congregations. Their address can be found on the directory page of our website.

God's call is powerful and it is normal to feel some apprehension. We will be with you as you explore the path to which God is inviting you. Please contact us when you are ready to talk.

The Process:
The first step is to contact us. We are here to journey with you, to listen and to answer any questions you have! And remember, asking questions does not mean you are making a commitment. We are ready to help you discover the next steps in your journey, wherever it may take you. Your privacy will always be respected always.

Application Stage
Pre-postulancy Stage
Postulancy
Temporary Profession
Perpetual Profession

Inquiry Phase
This initial period is to help you discern your call. Regular contact with a vocation directress will help you discover how and where the Spirit of God is leading you. Opportunities during this time include "Come and See" days, retreat/discernment weekends, meetings, praying and/or socializing with the vocation directress and community members.

Application Phase
When you and a vocation directress agree that the call to a Missionary sisters of Jesus and Mary way of life is deepening and appropriate, you may decide to enter the application phase. You meet regularly with a spiritual director and continue to experience the life of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary through retreat/discernment weekends, and ministry experiences.

Pre-Postulancy Phase
Once you have completed all the application work and received affirmation from the Vocation Directress of the Congregation to continue in the process, you are considered a pre-postulant.

Postulancy
The simple ritual of prayer with the Eucharistic celebration marks the beginning of a woman's journey as a postulant with the Congregation. This may last for 6months to one year.

Novitiate
Following successful postulancy, you are received into the novitiate. This is a more intense period of discernment while you engage in prayer, study, minister with other novices, and continue to live in community. The two-year novitiate includes a canonical year and an apostolic year with more pastoral involvement.

Temporary Profession
Upon completion of the novitiate, you become a member of the community by making your first profession of the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience. Temporary profession - the incorporation process - lasts for a period of three to six years. During this time you are in full-time ministry or studies while continuing your discernment.

Perpetual Profession
After completion of the incorporation process, you make a perpetual profession, or final vows, as a Sister of the Congregation.