A woman’s second step in the initial formation process is to enter the canonical novitiate.

Sister Arrianne Whittaker (right) accepts her white and silver cross pin from Sister Denise Wilkinson, general superior, on Aug. 21, 2012, as she enters the Canonical Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence.

As a canonical novice, a woman spends this year at our motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., and focuses on spiritual growth while developing a fuller understanding of the Sisters of Providence.

The canonical novitiate experience includes:

  • living in the novitiate community
  • weekly meetings with the director of novices
  • studying Congregation history
  • service ministry
  • prayer life — art and spirituality
  • spiritual direction
  • solitude, reflection
  • Liturgy
  • retreats
  • community prayer
  • participation in Congregation activities

For more information, email Sister Editha Ben, vocation director, moreinfo@spsmw.org; or call 1-800-860-1840, ext. 2895; or write the Sisters of Providence Vocation Office, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876-1089.