“In our Order, religious profession of vows, through which we consecrate ourselves to God, is the foundation and source of the fullness of our common life and sisterly unity.”
What is a vow?
A vow is a free and deliberate promise made to God concerning a possible and better good which must be fulfilled by reason of the virtue of religion (Canon Law 1191 §1.).
Rooted in our reception of the sacrament of Baptism, our religious consecration is a further ratification of our dying to sin and rising in Christ. By opening our hearts more fully into the very life of the Triune God we grow evermore in his love and grace.
Living our vows of poverty, chastity and obedience within the framework of our cloistered contemplative community, are a further expression of our desire and commitment to belong wholly to God, to live for love of him alone.
Our consecration is an outward sign bearing witness to our interior experience of the awareness of the gift God has bestowed upon us in our religious vocation. It gives expression to the gospel counsels which shape our lives.
Our vows are an imitation of the poor, chaste and obedient Christ.
“You alone do I love, you alone I follow, you alone I seek. I am prepared to serve only you. I ask only that in your great mercy you convert me wholly to yourself and allow nothing to prevent me from coming to you.”