ice. The period of postulancy usually
lasts six months to two years.
The religious rite in which a person
formally enters a religious community by taking vows. Profession follows
a formation program of discernment,
education, and spiritual development.
A process of periodic meetings with
a spiritual director who offers advice
and encouragement for deepening
and strengthening your relationship
with God and discerning where God
may be leading you.
As members of religious communities, priests, sisters, and brothers
take vows of poverty, celibacy, and
obedience. Many communities add
a fourth or fifth vow related to their
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