Join Us - Become a Sister of
St Joseph of Cluny
you feel moved to commit your life to God and
○ Are you attracted to the Spirituality of
Anne Marie Javouhey?
○ Over 21 years of age?
○ Completed Secondary Schooling?
○ Gainfully employed?
○ In reasonably good health?
○ A practising Catholic?
Could it be, that God calls
you to be a Sister of St Joseph of Cluny?
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have contacts in order to see things for yourself and be directed in
If you feel you are called, you
should go to a "welcoming" community for a period of
preliminary formation. This is the first step towards religious
life which would help you to see if your calling were in keeping with
the spirit and mission of the Congregation. You would get to know
us and we would get to know you. If you still feel called, you
would then be admitted to the novitiate.
The novitiate lasts for two
years. It is a time which is intended to bring about a deep interior
life as well as religious formation. This is "centered on
the person of Christ. It is he the novices will try to know and love
(Const. Art. 208)
the second year of the novitiate the novice spends some time in a
community. Here she tries to harmonise her prayer life with her
apostolic and community life. After evaluating the experience she
has lived, she makes the request to pronounce vows for three years.
It is only after six years of temporary vows that the young religious
consecrates herself definitively to God by perpetual profession.
is not the end of the journey; it is but the beginning of 'God's Today' to
be lived 'in attentiveness to the Lord's continuous call'".
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The Life of a Sister of St.
Joseph of Cluny
may be summed up under these four headings:
Prayer is essential and it is given a very
important place. There has to be an attitude of true listening to
the Word of God, of waiting, of selflessness, of welcome so that Christ's
life in us may be seen in all our daily contacts.
"It is precisely into the heart of
this mystery of Christ the Saviour that we are incorporated".
To evangelise means to throw in our lot
with our brothers and sisters no matter where they be, no matter what
their specific needs, to be among them as "those who are
sent" and who bear witness to God's love.
The explicit message of Jesus Christ is
felt as something which is of great importance to be lived in our
day. This obliges us to read the Father's Will in "the signs
of the times" and to become aware that God works through the
changes which take place in persons and in peoples. Consequently, we
must acquiesce and comply. "But our mission is not limited
to our apostolic activities; our whole life contributes to it". (Constitutions,
"When we belong to God, our will is
no longer our own. We must will what he wills and nothing
else". (A.M Javouhey, Letter 220)
Through the inspiration of the life and
charism of our Foundress, we learn from her that the Will of God is made
manifest through ways which are varied, accidental and unforeseen, and
that it requires a disposition of soul to welcome "all
events" with complete availability. For, "obedience
has its source in the very heart of the filial obedience of Christ".
It is in this disposition that we try to
become one with the people in the milieu to which the Spirit sends
us. This attitude demands "renouncement" which is
something that is never achieved; it has to be interiorised in prayer
before being lived.
It exacts detachment and real poverty.
This poverty liberates us for the mission, enables us to understand those
most in need and to be all things to all in cordial simplicity after the
sincere example of Anne Marie Javouhey.
Mary, Mother of the Church, who gave her
whole life to her redemptive mission, guides us on our way and teaches us
to be united with her Son. "She invites us to enter with her
into the Father's plan of salvation". (Constitutions,
The sisters live together in
community. Our Constitutions state this explicitly:
"Community life and consecration
are closely linked. The community helps us to live the evangelical
counsels of obedience, chastity and poverty; these in turn unite us at a
deep level and give to our community life all its spiritual
significance". (Constitutions, Art. 51).
Each community adapts to the times in the
place where it is situated. It draws up a concrete project to try to
fulfil the mission entrusted to it. The community is the sign of a
life in sisterly love where interpersonal relations are genuine and deep.
Our Foundress wrote in 1818:
"Above all let union and peace
reign among the Sisters of St. Joseph; may it be always unalterable.
'Love one another as much as I love you' ... then you will be happy".
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