The Formation Process
A woman considering a Felician Vocation is invited to interact and dialogue with the sisters in order to get acquainted with their lifestyle. When the individual feels that she is ready to pursue her calling into Felician Community, she declares her intention for admission to the Postulancy.
The Postulancy, which ranges in length from six months to two years, is a time for the candidate to enrich her sacramental, moral and doctrinal knowledge. She becomes acquainted with the Eucharistic, Ecclesial, Franciscan and Marian aspects of the Felician Charism. The postulant may begin or continue her college education at this time.
Novitiate, a period of time lasting two years, emphasizes growth in Felician Franciscan identity. The first year, known as the Canonical Year, encompasses study of Scripture, liturgy and the fundamental elements of theology of religious life and the life of prayer. In the second year of the novitiate, the novice begins to learn how to maintain a harmonious balance between contemplation and apostolic activity. She spends at least two months outside the novitiate community in an assigned local convent.
Temporary Profession is ordinarily a six year period of preparation for perpetual consecration as a religious in the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice. The focus of Temporary Profession is to grow in relationship with God and to further discern the call to consecrated life.
The rite of perpetual profession of vows takes place within the festive celebration of the Eucharist, in the presence of fellow sisters, family members and friends. At this time, a sister gives herself totally and permanently to Christ and is incorporated fully into the Felician Congregation. She continues to grow in faith, and strives everyday to fulfill God's Will.