Path to Becoming an HM Sister

The path to becoming an HM Sister

Pre-candidacy: usually 6-12 months

  • An initial period of discernment
  • Regular meetings with a sister from the HM membership team
  • Formal application process
  • Visiting community members
  • Live-in experiences
  • Spending time at Villa Maria Community Center

Candidacy: usually 1-2 years

  • Living with and participating in the life of a small group of HM Sisters
  • Continuing your current studies or employment
  • Learning more about our life and mission
  • Getting to know more members of the community

Novitiate: 2 years

  • Deepening your relationship with God through prayer, reflection and spiritual direction
  • Learning about vowed life
  • Deepening your theological foundation
  • Volunteering in ministry (part time)
  • Exploring our community history, charism and ministries

Temporary profession: 3-6 years

  • Making temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience
  • Confirming and deepening your call to life in community
  • Engaging in ministry

Profession of perpetual vows

  • Committing your life as a Humility of Mary Sister
  • A life-long adventure