You've Got Questions
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
How is prayer a part of a sister’s life?
We value an hour or more of personal prayer time each day which is important for us as we continue to deepen our relationship with God. Additionally, we share Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer times with the Sisters we live with in community. We also value the opportunity to join with others in the celebration of Eucharist on a daily basis, if possible. During the rest of our day, we may be busy with our ministry – the work we do which serves the needs of others, or spending our free time doing things which are renewing and relaxing for us.
Is it hard not being married and having your own children?
Sometimes people have the idea that sisters are lonely or sad. That isn't true at all. Our lives are filled with love, and we have close friends, family members and other SSNDs to support us and care about us. So it's not like we feel that we have "missed out" on anything. We are happy in our commitment to God and to following Christ. On the other hand, we do realize that we have made a sacrifice in not having our own families. Yet because it is God who calls us to this lifestyle, we gladly respond to the invitation to give our lives completely and totally to God.
Since you have the word “School” in your name, does everyone have to teach?
When our congregation first began, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger felt that a critical need at that time was the education of girls – particularly those who were poor or those who had no access to education. She believed that by educating girls, both in academics and in faith, these girls would, in turn, have a strong influence on their families as mothers later on. This, Blessed Theresa believed, was the contribution that SSNDs could make in helping to build God’s Kingdom and in transforming society. We soon realized that God’s people had many needs, and we began to diversify our ministries early on. Today, we say that we are “educators in all that we do” helping to foster the God-given potential that is in each person. You will find School Sisters today not only in formal classroom teaching, but also in social service and parish ministries, health care services, campus ministry and retreat work, direct service programs with those who are poor, and social justice advocacy.
How long does it take to be a Sister?
Please visit our Steps to Bccoming a Sister page, which explains the process - inquiry, affiliation, postulancy, novitiate, temporary profession and perpetual profession - and estimated ranges of time for each step.