New Vocations to Religious Life
Every year we are blessed to receive young women who wish to give themselves to the Lord as religious sisters in our community.  Supporting a young sister in formation is a way of showing respect and gratitude for the gift of consecrated life in the Church.  Your gift to the formation houses would help to provide for the educational, transportation, and medical needs of sisters in their first  stages of formation of their new life in the convent.  Thank you for supporting new missionaries for the Third Millennium!

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Postulancy and Novitiate in Upper Marlboro, Maryland
After discerning the call of God to give themselves entirely to Him as religious sisters, the young women begin a period of formation and on-going discernment first as postulants, then as novices in our Novitiate House.

 

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Following their first profession of vows, the sisters move to the Juniorate House of Studies.  The neo-professed sisters will begin a two-year period of study of philosophy, theology, church history, liturgy and language studies.

 

International Juniorate in Tuscania, Italy
Our formation program ends with a third year of studies in our International Juniorate in Italy.  Our Sisters from our juniorates all over the world come together in Tusacania (Diocese of Viterbo) to study, to pray, and to experience the Universal Church.  Over eighty sisters live in a medieval monastery previously belonging to the Poor Clares.  It is a great blessing for the sisters to be near the Holy Father, to meet our founder, Fr. Carlos Buela, IVE, and to be near our General Superior, Mother Anima Christi Van Eijk, SSVM.  We are especially grateful for all those who have supported this special opportunity for young missionary sisters to grow strong in the heart of the Church before being sent out to the mission fields.