Having experienced a CLOISTER DAY or having COME FOR A CUPPA a young woman may decide that she would like to seriously pursue the possibility that she has a vocation to the Poor Clare way of life. This time of more intensive discernment is called ASPIRANCY and the Church requires that this must last at least a year. Depending on the circumstances of the individual it may consist of a series of visits to the monastery and conversations with the formation director. In our monastery, this period of time includes firstly, a twelve day LIVE-IN experience. This is always an enriching experience, both for the Community and the aspirant, and leads to further clarity on the question about whether or not God is calling her to this particular way of life. After the LIVE-IN, if the aspirant and the sister accompanying her discern together that she should continue with the aspirancy a further longer stay with the community of at least three months, will be arranged and regular contact will be kept up. If after this time it becomes clearer that a genuine call to the Poor Clare way of life is present, the aspirant may apply to become a postulant. Postulancy is the first formal STAGE OF FORMATION.
It should not be surprising that a light so enkindled,
so illuminating could not be kept from shining brilliantly
and giving clear light in the house of the Lord;
nor could a vessel filled with perfume be so hidden
that it would not emit its fragrance
and suffuse the Lord's house with a sweet aroma.