Become a Notre Dame Sister
Answering the call to Consecrated Life is a way to fulfill one's baptismal consecration. Answering the call to join the Notre Dame Sisters is to enter into their mission of meeting the unmet needs of the time, through a lifestyle of prayer, simplicity, hospitality, service and risk.
Becoming a Notre Dame Sister is a process of mutuality and continued discernment with the Vocation Director.
If you feel drawn to giving your life more completely to God through the Notre Dame Sisters, we are ready to walk and pray with you to discern your call. Please contact Sr. Margaret Hickey at 402-455-2994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Inquiry Stage in which a woman expresses an interest in becoming a Notre Dame Sister and spends a period of time clarifying and responding to her personal vocational call, and her call to be a Notre Dame Sister.
The Candidature Stage (six months to two years) in which a woman comes to know herself more deeply as a unique person and as a Christian. She has the opportunity to experience the Notre Dame Mission and charism by living with a community of Notre Dame Sisters.
The Novitiate Stage (two years) in which the woman deepens her commitment to Christ, develops a Marian Spirituality, comes to an understanding of apostolic, vowed community life, solidifies her identity as a community member and as a woman of the church and learns how to integrate community, prayer and service.
The Initial Commitment Stage (three to five years) in which the woman professes for a temporary period of time the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and is initiated into the work of the congregation through a particular ministry.
The Permanent Commitment Stage in which formal training is completed but the woman is totally committed to on-going formation in spirituality, community living and apostolic works. "A Notre Dame Sister is called to be an apostle to the last moment of her life."