Having experienced a Cloister Day, a young woman may wish to explore the Poor Clare vocation further by applying to do a LIVE-IN EXPERIENCE with the Community. This consists in a twelve-day stay with the Community participating in all that makes up the Poor Clare way of life. This is always an enriching experience which leads to further clarity on the question about whether or not God is calling her to this particular way of life.
A further extended period of six months, called the ASPIRANCY is recommended in order to further clarify the call. After this, a decision is made to apply to join the Community as a postulant or to explore other avenues.
Mary is mother, she always assists us: when we are working and when we are looking for work, when we have clear ideas and when we are confused, when prayer flows spontaneously and when the heart is desolate: She is always there to help us. Mary is the Mother of God, our mother and mother of the Church. So many men and women, young and old have turned to Her to say ‘thank you’ and to beg a favour. Mary takes us to Jesus and Jesus gives us peace. Let us turn to Her, trusting in her assistance, with courage and hope.
Pope Francis to young people in Abruzzi