The next step after postulancy is to receive the habit of the Carmelite Order and the novice's white veil. Becoming a novice brings with it more responsibility, which is gradually increased as a sister grows into the life.
After two years of novitiate, the sister may then make vows for three years. During this time of temporary Profession, the sister remains in the novitiate. Solemn Profession may be made after these three years, or temporary vows can be renewed, if it is felt that further discernment is needed.
Our lives together are lived in community and at every stage of the formation process the wisdom of the community is heard and the consent of the community is necessary before a woman is admitted to vows.
If you are discerning a vocation to the Carmelite Family, you may find the following websites helpful as you search:
- Article by Sr. Thérèse Wilkinson of Thicket Priory on issues facing the Order and those considering the vocation of a nun in the 21st Century.
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