Become a Sister


As disciples of Christ, following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, we are women of faith called and committed to helping build a more peace-filled and just world by making a difference in the lives of others, especially the poor and marginalized.

We invite others to discern with us how God might be calling them to serve with us as vowed Catholic religious in the 21st century.

Become a SisterHow do we discern God’s Call?

  • Period of Discernment and Contact – Discernment is a prayerful process of considering where God is calling us. It involves prayer, reading, reflection and discussions. Discernment allows a person to look carefully at her gifts, desires and various possibilities for her future. This often takes one to two years.
  • Period of Affiliation – Affiliation provides a realistic experience of community living, so that both the individual and community can make an informed decision regarding possible entrance into the religious community. Ordinarily this period lasts six to twelve months.
  • Novitiate – Novitiate is a two-year time of integrating a woman into our religious community. It is a time of prayer, study of the vows, religious life and the ministry of the School Sisters of St. Francis.
  • Temporary Profession – In temporary profession, a sister vows poverty, chastity and obedience for periods of one, two or three years.

Every woman's vocation and spiritual journey are unique. If you have questions or would like more detailed information, we invite you to begin the conversation with us by contacting

Vocation Stories

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Read some of our sisters' inspiring vocation stories.


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Discernment Resources

View a listing of resources for discernment and reflections on the current state of vocation to religious life.


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