First Steps: The formation period for a woman wishing to make a vowed commitment consists of postulant, novice and temporary profession [3-5 years] prior to making perpetual vows.
Postulant: A woman will enter into the postulantcy to continue the discernment of religious life with the Benedictine community. She lives and studies the Benedictine life. Participating in the prayer life of the community; working with the Sisters in the Monastery; and pursuing education; profession; and manual labor.
Novice: The focus of the novitiate year is further study of the Benedictine way of life and a study of the Benedictine Vows of Stability, Obedience, and Conversion of Life. The novitiate is one year plus one day in length. During this year the novice does not work or study outside of the Monastery.
Temporary Profession: During the temporary profession [three to five years in length] Sister continues to study the vows, the Benedictine Spirituality, prayer, and continues her college education or is involved in a ministry.
Perpetual Profession: Sister continues in discernment throughout temporary profession. At which time she believes that she is called to live the Benedictine Way of Life, she asks to make her perpetual commitment. At this time Sister receives her profession ring as a symbol of her lifelong commitment to God and the community.