The Apostolic Sisters
The apostolate of the Apostolic Sisters of Saint John is fulfilled in communion with the Bishop of the Diocese, in a life of evangelization; it involves first of all the witness to a life of adoration, of contemplation and of fraternal charity overflowing into hospitality and spiritual help in all its forms. In a life all given to Jesus through Mary and through Saint John, they complete in their own way the apostolate of their Brothers, by their merciful deeds and their teaching.
The Apostolic Sisters of Saint John strive to be both hidden in God with Christ, through Mary, and witnesses of God’s love for mankind. Their apostolate begins with the sign of their consecrated life, in prayer, in both manual and intellectual work.
The Contemplative Sisters
A permanent desert in the heart of Mary is needed in order that the demands of contemplative life, thus of desert, which is written in the Brothers’ Rule of Life, might be fully lived. Indeed the desert for the Brothers is not a withdrawing far away from everything, but a discovery of the mystery of the new desert: the desert of Jesus, with Mary at the foot of the Cross.
However, because of their apostolic demands, the Brothers cannot live this mystery in a continual way and as often as they would like. That is why it is necessary that there be Contemplative Sisters within the Family of Saint John who live in a full and exclusive way the mystery of Mary at the foot of the Cross. Mary made known to John this mystery; she now lives it in glory and wants to give it to her children.”
The Stages of the Sisters’ Formation
- The first stage is postulancy which is usually done in a House of Formation of the Community; it lasts between 6 to 12 months.
- The second stage is the Novitiate which lasts between 2 years to 2 1/2 years. It is during this time that the Novice receives the habit.
- The third stage is temporary profession which lasts for at least 4 years. During these years the Sister continues her formation and she also spends some years in a Priory.
- At the end of her temporary vows, if the Sister is accepted by the Community, she pronounces her perpetual vows (until death).
Young women who are interested in knowing more and possibly entering into further discernment may contact the Sisters for more information either in New Jersey (973) 678-7008 or in Illinois (309) 243-1488.