Once a young
woman has been accepted to begin preparation for life as a Franciscan
Missionary of Mary, she will spend a period of time, usually about a year,
living with a community of FMM sisters.
this time, called the pre-noviciate, she discerns, together with the
community, if she has a personal call from Christ and the aptitude to
live the FMM life. She gradually discovers the FMM vocation and charism.
At the end of this time she decides whether to enter religious life
or choose to follow a different path.
which lasts at least two years, marks the beginning of religious life.
It is the intensive time of initial formation. Its aim is to ensure
that the novices receive formation in accordance with the FMM Constitutions
and to provide opportunity for discernment in the evolution of their
vocation. At the end of this time, the novices make vows of poverty,
chastity and obedience for three years.
a period when the young religious deepen their prayer life, experience
the depths of community living and may be sent on a temporary mission
outside of their own country.
making final profession each sister has a period of reflection and prayer
lasting from three to six months depending on her needs. At this time
of final profession, the sister receives her first mission sending from
the Superior General, assigning her to a mission which may be in any
country of the world where there is an FMM presence.