January 18, 2018

Vocation to the Poor Clare Nuns

Are you wondering if God is calling you to become a Poor Clare Nun? Here are a few suggestions for discerning your calling.

      1. Discerning
        1. How long have you asked yourself, maybe I should be a nun?
        2. Why do you ask yourself this question?
        3. Have I met someone who lives this Poor Clare Life?
      2. What steps have I taken
        1. I gathered information on different Poor Clare Monasteries
        2. I am just beginning my search
      3. What am I looking for in life?
        1. To live a life of prayer
        2. To live a life of prayer in Community
        3. To live the Gospel Way of life
        4. Maybe I don’t know exactly what I am looking for but I want something more in life.
      4. What the Poor Clare life is not
        1. It is not an escape from the troubles and problems of life.
        2. It is not a choice of life because nothing else worked out.
        3. It is not a group of women living together like a college sorority.
      5. What the Poor Clare life is
        1. The form of life of the Poor Sisters (St. Francis called them by this Name) is this: to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, by living in Obedience, without anything of one’s own and in Chastity.
        2. This life is a seeking out of the will of God and is a service in the Church and a responsibility toward all people.
        3. The Contemplative life is a sign to the rest of the world that the One alone is absolute and may be found, for when one person finds God it helps others find God.
        4. To live highest poverty, to understand poverty today and put it into practice. This leads to a true freedom and to living a simple way of life.
        5. The Poor Clare will approach the grace of working, doing even menial jobs in the spirit of the poor person, and not in search of security.
      6. What are the steps to becoming a Poor Clare Nun
        1. Contact the vocation Director at bgerlachosc@hotmail.com
        2. Pre-entrance Process. It begins with the initial contact with the Vocation director and prepares you for the admission into the Postulancy program. The length of this stage depends on individual needs. No one is rushed through the process. You will be given the time and the space you need in which to discern your calling in conjunction with the Abbess and Vocation Director.
      7. What is the first stage of formation
        1. Postulancy: Postulancy is a twelve-month program of orientation to Poor Clare Life and Spirituality.
        2. Novitiate: The novice in this time of Novitiate will intensify her Poor Clare identity and her prayer life. It marks the formal entrance into the Poor Clare life and culminates in the taking of temporary vows of Poverty, Chastity, Obedience and enclosure.
        3. Temporary Profession: As a newly professed Poor Clare will continue to learn about the Clarion vocation and way of Gospel living.
        4. Solemn Profession: After a minimum of three years of living as a Poor Clare in Temporary profession of Vows,the Poor Clare will mke her life commitment by entering into Solemn Profession of Vows. This marks the beginning of full, lifelong membership in the Order of Saint Clare.

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