VOCATION – Your Unique Call from God
Each of us has a vocation, a unique call from God.
Discernment, seeking to hear and respond to God's call in our lives,
helps us discover that unique call.
An FCJ Vocation
Faithful Companions of Jesus are Catholic religious sisters who make the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. We live on five continents and are deeply enriched by our diversity of language and culture. We strive to hear and respond to God's call in our lives. In the spirit of our foundress, Marie Madeleine d'Houët, we seek to find God in all things. We desire to be sent with Jesus and to accompany him faithfully, endeavouring to respond to the urgent needs of God's people today.
Stages in the life of a Faithful Companion of Jesus
Taking on the identity of an FCJ is a life-long process. Once you have made final vows you are primarily responsible for your own continuing growth and development, your deepening commitment.
When you are at the beginning of your life as a religious sister and discovering what it all means, there are carefully planned programmes to assist you in your growth as an FCJ.
Each person and each person's life journey are unique, so these programmes are adapted to individual needs.
Your exploration of God's call to be a FAITHFUL COMPANION OF JESUS begins with a time of informal contact with FCJ Sisters as you come to know our FCJ way of life. You will be accompanied in your discernment by an FCJ Sister if you are seriously considering becoming an FCJ. After this initial period of discernment as an aspirant, you may ask to be accepted as a postulant.
A postulant: Postulancy is a time of spiritual growth, human development and learning more about what it means to companion with Jesus. You will be accompanied by an FCJ Sister. Postulancy lasts for 6 months to 2 years. Then you may ask to continue your formation as an FCJ novice.
A novice: As a novice you will be again be accompanied and guided by an FCJ Sister. You are helped to nourish your relationship with God through prayer, reflection and spiritual direction, to deepen your understanding of what it means to be an FCJ through study of our Constitutions and history, to experience living in FCJ community and to develop your sense of being a missionary woman through the experience of serving others. Novitiate lasts for 2 – 2 ½ years. At the end of novitiate, you may ask to make the Vows of religious Poverty, Chastity and Obedience for a period of 3 years.
A sister in Temporary Vows: Temporary Profession lasts for six to nine years. During this time, you live as a fully committed FCJ Sister. You will have special support and guidance and a variety of ministries and experiences in community living; you may also undertake further studies. When you and those FCJs responsible for your formation believe you are ready, you may ask to make Perpetual (Final) Vows in the Society.
|We ought to esteem
our religious vocation very highly,
for God could not bestow
a greater grace on us,
than to call us to this special service.
(Marie Madeleine d'Houet)