October 12, 2020
20 days till National Vocation Awareness Week
#5 in a series of 25
Before officially entering a community, a woman will spend 6 months to a few years while she and the membership get to know one another. Our community calls this stage “candidacy,” while when I entered it was called “postulancy.”
I entered in February of 1980 and wrote a handwritten letter prior to August 15, 1980 to request admission into the novitiate. Sister Fidelis Kreutzer was Superior General (leader) of our community at that time and was a very special person to me.
As a “candidate” I spent the next 6 months helping out wherever needed, was given a schedule of projects to accomplish and started at the very basic level of getting to know what this life was all about. I started wearing a black skirt and a white blouse. I did not wear a veil and I was not called, “Sister.”
I had a classmate, who joined with me and we were a team figuring things out together. She had just graduated from high school and me from college. Little did we know the exciting things that lay ahead for us. I was ready!