Becoming a Sister
Entrance into the Religious Life is a gradual process of mutual discernment between the individual and the community, study and formation and “on-job-training.” For the Community of St. Francis, a vocation to the life means a call:
- to live in community with Sisters and Brothers
- to participate regularly in corporate worship and to make a commitment to a personal prayer life
- to carry out ministry in the wider community, especially with the poor, the sick and the marginalized.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP:
- normally be an Episcopalian/Anglican in communion with the See of Canterbury
- be of sufficiently sound health—physically, mentally, and spiritually.
- be free of legal, financial and family obligations
- have a deep desire to know and serve God more deeply
- have the generosity, sensitivity, patience, flexibility and willingness to share life in community with others.
PROCESS FOR DISCERNING VOCATION
- Contact the Novice Guardian CSF, St. Francis
House, 3743 Cesar Chavez St., San Francisco CA 94110
the Inquirer’s Questionnaire
at least one Inquirer’s visit to St. Francis House
an application for membership with references
a background check, physical and psychological tests
an Aspirant’s longer visit (if possible)
- Postulancy: (at
least 3 months) a time of living with the community
- Novitiate: (3 years) a time of education and trying
out the life (after receiving the habit)
Profession: a time of more specialized education and
training and further incorporation into the life of the community
Profession: full membership in the
For further information, see"Consider Your Call."