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Becoming a Sister

Above right: Sr. Nell Murray, MSC, with religious education class at St. Rita Parish

Sister Renée discusses religious life.

Click here to read Sr. Renée’s article on Living the vows.

People Want to Know: an interview with Sister Nell Murray, MSC

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Who may apply to become a Marianite of Holy Cross?

Any single, Catholic woman who:

  • is between the ages of 22 and 45;
  • has a desire to deepen her relationship with God and to live the values of the Gospel;
  • is attracted to simple living in a celibate community;
  • desires to respond to the needs of God’s people and is preparing for or living a life of ministry;
  • has a sense of personal identity; good physical, mental and emotional health;
  • has life experiences beyond high school.

For articles on religious life and discernment:


What are the Stages of Incorporation?

Vocation Discernment.

This is a woman’s introduction to the Marianites of Holy Cross. She is invited to visit individual sisters and local communities to begin to get a “flavor” of the congregation and to explore her initial call to religious life.


This period lasts from 6 months to 2 years. This is a time for the woman to further discern her call to life as a Marianite of Holy Cross. She lives at home and meets regularly with a Contact Person and the Vocation Director who guide her in her discernment process. She continues to spend time getting acquainted with the sisters to test out her sense of belonging with this particular congregation.


The postulancy also lasts from 6 months to 2 years. This phase provides for an initial experience of community living and further development of relationships within the congregation. It also affords opportunities for personal and spiritual development as well as for mutual discernment of the person’s readiness for religious life. The Postulant remains financially independent until she enters the Novitiate.


The novitiate lasts for 2 years. The purpose of the novitiate is to enable the novice to learn the essentials of religious life and the meaning of the evangelical counsels (vows) of celibate chastity, poverty, and obedience; to progress in forming herself in accord with the aim and spirit of the Marianite congregation; to assume responsibility for her development in the essential elements of our lifestyle as stated in our Constitutions; and to provide the novice with experience, instruction and guidance in living the contemplative and apostolic dimensions of our lifestyle.

Initial Commitment.

The initial commitment period, the profession of vows for a specific number of years, enables the sister and the congregation to verify that she can live the Apostolic Religious Life of the Marianites of Holy Cross in accordance with its particular spirit and constitutions. During this phase the sister renews her vows periodically, and remains under “temporary vows” from 3 to 6 years.

Perpetual Commitment.

This is the profession of vows for life, and marks the total incorporation of the sister into the congregation. Life as a Marianite of Holy Cross is an ongoing process of conversion and integration.

If you resonate with the ideas here and would like to know more about becoming a Marianite of Holy Cross, please contact:

Sr. Renée Daigle, MSC
phone: (985)345-7206