Vocation Profile - Sisters of Life

Sisters of Life

Sr. Bethany Madonna S.V.
Director of Vocations
38 Montebello Rd
Suffern, NY 10901

845-357-0258
www.sistersoflife.org

International?Yes
Professed members82
Year founded1991
Generalate/motherhouseSuffern, NY
Province/federationN/A

(Arch)dioceses
Bridgeport, CT; Denver, CO; Harrisburg, PA; New York, NY; Washington, DC
International
Toronto, Canada
Mission
The Sisters of Life is a contemplative/apostolic religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O'Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Reverence and gratitude for the unique and unrepeatable gift of each human life made in the image and likeness of God fuels the prayer of each Sister, our first mission in building the Kingdom of God and the "Culture of Life." Inspired by the love of Christ, our Spouse, the Author of Life, we desire to pour out all our gifts of nature and grace in the apostolate, that nothing of the gift of life, and no one to whom it has been given, should be lost. The apostolic works of the Sisters of Life include 1) mission to vulnerable, pregnant women; 2) providing retreats for the faithful and additional focused retreats of hope and healing for women suffering after abortion; 3) a mission of evangelization bringing the message of the sacredness of human life and sanctity of human love to all; and 4) service to the Church through directing diocesan Family Life and Respect Life offices.
Qualifications
Good physical and mental health; some college and/or professional training.
Formation
At present, the community has a nine-month postulancy and a two-year novitiate. The first year of the novitiate is the canonical year, and the second is an apostolic year. It is followed by a period of temporary vows, and then perpetual profession. In addition to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, a fourth vow is taken to protect and advance a sense of the sacredness of human life.
Age range/limit
21-35
Belated vocations?
Yes: Belated vocations are considered on an individual basis.

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