Since the future of the monastery to a great extent depends upon the adequate formation of the nuns, this must be provided for with great care, so that those who wish to follow Christ according to our manner of living may be led to the fullness of the cloistered life (LCM 111. I). Although the formation of the nuns lasts for several years and extends through various stages, it ought to be conceived and carried through as a continuous and progressive process integrated by the one end toward which it is directed(LCM 111. II).
The process of discernment before entrance can last up to a year. We encourage several visits to the monastery for interviews and the opportunity for you to meet us, participate in our liturgy, and see the monastery, etc. If, after this, you are seriously interested in our life you may live in the monastery for two to six weeks as an observer. This gives you a practical experience of daily life in the monastery and tests your aptitude for it before you make the personal arrangements necessary for entering the postulancy.
Our Monastery is located in the outskirts of Elmira and is surrounded by the beautiful hills of Southern New York. If you are interested in further information about our life please contact: Sr. Anna Marie Pierre, O.P.