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Religious Vows
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TEMPORARY PROFESSION

Approximately two months before the completion of the novitiate, the novice makes a formal written application to the Major Superior for admission to Temporary Profession. In preparation for temporary profession, the novice will spend a contemplative period of one month in the novitiate house, in the course of which she will make a retreat of six days.

The Major Superior, with the consent of the Council, and after due consultation, admits the novice to first profession. The profession of vows is received by the
Major Superior or her delegate.

PERPETUAL PROFESSION

This free response is a fuller expression of her baptismal call and is, for one who is genuinely called to the consecrated life, a means to greater holiness. All Christians are called to live the virtues of chastity, poverty and obedience; these vows provide for a purification of heart and spiritual freedom that uniquely mark the life of the consecrated woman religious. Living these vows enables her to focus her entire being on God and His people
By our public profession of the Vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, we dedicate our entire lives to the service of God and God's people in the footsteps of Christ within this Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, according to the norms of the Church of these constitutions.

Through our vows, we express our personal response to Christ's call to share in his life and mission for the Church and the world.

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After a minimum of five years of temporary vows, a Sister may request to profess perpetual vows. At least six months before she is due to make Perpetual Profession, each Sister will put her request for admission to perpetual vows in writing to the Major Superior. A period of spiritual preparation lasting at least one month precedes the time of Perpetual Profession.