How to Join Us.
Preparation Period of Religious Vocation
The journey to join Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help begins from a period of discernment which helps the young ladies become aware and attentive to seek their vocations and response to God’s calling. If you are inspired by May and her example, then you may have a vocation to the SOLPH. It’s important to get guidance, to pray and to try to be open to whatever the Lord wants. We will be happy to get in touch with you and provide you with all of the information and support you will need in order to begin to look at our way of life.
Once you enter the congregation, you have to spend substantially 4 years from aspirancy and postulancy to novitiate. Aspirancy is the time to learn and adapt to community and prayer life in a convent. During this period they seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help them discern if the Lord is calling them to enter postulancy.
Postulancy (Second year)
Postulancy is the period of confirming aptitude and probability of vocation and experiencing various apostolate at different places for mission in society. A postulant learns more about Catholic Faith, scriptures, SOLPH History, teachings of St. Augustine and religious life through in house and external classes, and dialogue with director.
Novitiate (Spiritual Years)
The novitiate is a two-year period of intense spiritual formation. The Novitiate is where you acquire and internalize three vows: Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience. The first year is devoted to a deepening of her novitiate experience through contemplation, study and ministry. During her second year the novitiate builds on these experiences through more intensive understanding of the vows and studies the Constitution of SOLPH. The novitiate meets regularly with her formator (Novice master) and who guide her through her discernment as a SOLPH member. At the end of two years, the novice professes temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
From the first to final vows, it takes 6 years. This is called the period of temporary vows. Depending on her program, she may be involved in studies and actively participate in ministry in preparation for Solemn Vows, her final commitment to God and the community of SOLPH. During these 6 years, the individual Sisters will internalize the essence of the religious life as they deepen and dedicate to the life of their vows.
The period of perpetual vow is the time for Sisters to decide to dedicate and devote their whole lives to God. To take their final vows, Sisters have to take the responsibility for their religious community and the Church, and be able to fulfill and devote themselves to a much deeper love.
Formation of the religious life is the process of one’s whole life. Each individual needs to actively work and seek for spiritual, academic, and personally growth constantly and also be aware of the realities and challenges of the changing world. Therefore, the journey needs to endure benevolence of following the way of the Lord through constant formation, refinement, and growth in continuous education.