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Saint Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines, gestures to each of us: "Come and See"

Becoming an Ursuline is a pilgrimage of transformation in Christ Jesus through his transforming presence in our world today. This transformation is above all the work of the Holy Spirit. It continues throughout life, and on it depend, to a large extent, our spiritual depth and apostolic effectiveness. (Constitutions no. 106)

Becoming an Ursuline has its roots in a personal invitation from God. Every call from God is an invitation to transformation, and an invitation to set one’s foot on a journey that will last a lifetime. All the great patriarchs and prophets experienced this call. Abraham was called out of Ur of the Chaldees to begin a great nation. Jacob experienced the transformative power of the heavens breaking open in his mystical vision of “the house of God and the gate of heaven.” Saint Angela, in her vision at Brudazzo, had a similar mystical experience of a ladder leading to heaven – a vision that eventually led to the formation of her Company of Saint Angela.


Formation becoming an Ursuline

“Come and see” was Jesus’ invitation to some of his first disciples

(John 1:39)

The first stage on the journey is a period of candidacy where the candidate is helped to discern the reality of her vocation.


The Postulancy

Six months to two years Participation in Ursuline life and ministry.






The Novitiate

Ordinarily lasts two years. It is a period of separation for personal and communal prayer, spiritual growth, discernment and study, especially of scripture.


The Juniorate

The disciples’ continued response to staying with Jesus was to follow him:

This is a period of temporary vows, ordinarily five years.

This time is for deepening of religious, human, and professional formation




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