Vocation Profile - Poor Clare Nuns, St. Joseph's Monastery

Poor Clare Nuns, St. Joseph's Monastery

Mother Francis Maria P.C.C.
Abbess
P.O. Box 160
Aptos, CA 95001

831-761-9659
info@poorclaresofaptos.org
www.poorclaresofaptos.org

International?No
Professed members11
Year founded1961
Generalate/motherhouseAutonomous
Province/federationFranciscan Santa Barbara Province

(Arch)dioceses
Monterey, CA
Mission
Qualifications
Normal good physical health; high school diploma; common sense and psychological and emotional maturity proportionate to one's age; ability to get along with others; desire to follow the Poor Christ and willingness to leave all to respond to him.
Formation
Postulancy is for one year and gives the opportunity to experience monastic life, with instructions about the Order, its spirit, ideals and customs. The year is completed with the clothing ceremony, the postulant dressing as a bride, her hair cut, and clothing in the holy habit with a white veil, and a new name. Novitiate is for two years, more fully following the daily order of the monastery. The novice is instructed is the spirit and obligation of the vows she will take. The novitiate ends with temporary profession, the veil being changed to black. Junior profession is normally for three years, a period of fuller integration into the life of the community, in preparation for definitive consecration through solemn vows.
Age range/limit
18-35
Belated vocations?
Yes: Exceptions are made for candidates over 35. Careful considerations are made concerning the necessary health and spiritual qualifications.

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