of the community lives there, andusually the community’s administrative offices are located in or near thesame building.
A man or woman taking part in theinitial stage of entering a religiouscommunity. The novice is typicallyinvolved in discernment, preparation, and formation activities, including study of the order’s charism,history, constitution, and way of life.
This period usually lasts from 12 to24 months and is called the novitiate. At its end, the novice can go onto take temporary vows of poverty,chastity, and obedience.
Although people use the terms nunand sister interchangeably, technically a nun belongs to a contemplative order, lives in a monastery, anddevotes the majority of her time toprayer for the good of the world.
A sister who is not a nun belongsto an apostolic religious community,that is, a community that is involvedin active ministry, such as education, justice, healthcare, parish work,advocacy, and social service.
A man or woman requesting and stilldiscerning membership in a religiouscommunity before becoming a nov
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or areas of their own country wherethe church is not yet present in a robust form. Missionaries serve in manydifferent places in ministries such aspreaching, teaching, advocacy, socialservices, and other forms of witness.
Monastic communities fall somewhere between apostolic and cloistered. Monastic men and womenplace a high value on prayer andliving in community life, but manyare also engaged in active ministries.
Monasticism centers on communitylife, work, and common and individual prayer.
The principal home for a women’sreligious community. The leader