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How do I know if I have a vocation
to be a Daughter of Charity?

What should I do if I think God is
calling me to be a Daughter of
Charity?

What are the steps in vocation
discernment?

ABOUT DISCERNING YOUR CALL

Prayer, ministry and community are important to me. How do I know if I have a vocation to be a Daughter of Charity?

If you sense God is calling you to be a Daughter of Charity, we are here to help! Please contact one of the Vocation Directors. We’ll share opportunities about volunteering to assist us with our ministry, but also help arrange time to have dinner with us so you can get to know us better. Tell us how we can pray for you and help you on this exciting journey.

We also have a variety of discernment retreats and events, from an online retreat to a chance to serve together. These retreats provide time for personal reflection, as well as the opportunity to meet other young women seeking an understanding of God’s call. Our goal is to help you find God’s calling for your life, as a unique creation.

What should I do if I think God is calling me to be a Daughter of Charity?

Check out our retreats and events to start a connection, or contact us and we will be in touch with you to help you learn more about Daughters of Charity. We can connect you with opportunities for retreats and visiting the Sisters so you can discover if this is where God is calling you. Spend time with us so you can personally know the Daughters and we can become acquainted with you.

What are the steps in vocation discernment?

You can continue to discern God’s call while living with a local community of Daughters of Charity. In the Pre-Postulancy period, you will share in the spiritual and common life, receive spiritual direction, minister to persons who are poor, and learn about the charism and founders. The time period for pre-postulancy varies according to the needs of the individual. If you feel God is calling you to be a Daughter of Charity, you would make a formal application to become a Postulant.

Postulancy is the stage during which the candidate experiences living a spiritual, community and apostolic life in common. She continues to discern her vocation and deepen her human and Christian formation. In the light of the Gospel, she discovers the Vincentian charism and learns the requirements of her vocation as expressed in the Constitutions and Statutes. During this stage, the Postulant is assisted particularly by a Sister Servant and the local community in coordination with the Sisters responsible for Postulancy. She is admitted to the Seminary when both she and the Company are morally certain she is called by God and is ready to take upon herself the life of a Daughter of Charity (Constitution and Statutes of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, C. 54). The duration of Postulancy is one year.

The admission of a Postulant into the Company takes place at her entrance into the Seminary. It is the result of a mutual commitment; the Postulant asks to be accepted in order to live the Vincentian ideal according to the Constitutions and Statutes, and the Company, by competent authority, declares her admitted with rights and obligations.

The Sister receives an attestation of her admission signed by the Visitatrix and the Seminary Directress. She herself signs a legally valid statement to the effect that she will claim no compensation whatsoever should she leave or be dismissed from the Company, since the exercise of all rights and obligations of an economic nature is regulated by the prescriptions of universal and proper law (C. 55). At the end of this period, she will be sent on Mission.

Once sent on Mission, she will either begin full-time service to the poor or continue professional preparation for ministry. After five to seven years as a member of the Daughters of Charity, she will have the privilege of pronouncing vows for the first time. A Daughter of Charity takes four vows: poverty, chastity, obedience and service of the poor. The vows are renewed annually.

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