Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne
Stages of Formation
Postulancy ﷯Postulancy is a time of transition from the secular to the religious life. During this initial stage of formation, emphasis is placed on the postulant’s orientation to community life and her suitability for our particular charism. Daily instruction in the spiritual life and in the charisms of St. Dominic and of Mother M. Alphonsa as well as supervised participation in our nursing apostolate serve to prepare the postulant for a responsible decision to embrace religious life. It is during this time that postulants with no nursing background are formally trained to be nursing assistants. Novitiate ﷯ The Novitiate focuses on spiritual formation, especially through a thorough study of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. During this time. The novice strives to intensify her spiritual life, growing in self-knowledge and in a more mature understanding of the common life. Junior Professed

By religious profession, the Sisters are consecrated to God through the ministry of the Church, assume the observance of the three Evangelical Counsels by public vow, and are incorporated into the Congregation.


The years of Junior Profession serve as a time to grow in the loving awareness of her vocation to be a bride of Christ. As she embraces the needs of the Apostolate, she strives to balance a life of prayer and action, the whole beautiful life of the Dominican Apostle.


Upon First Profession of Vows, the Sister remains in Junior Profession for five years. She then requests permission to profess her vows ‘until death.’



Rosary Hill Home

600 Linda Avenue

Hawthorne, New York  10532

Phone:  (914) 769-0114

For Vocation Inquiries, call or email:

Sister Catherine Marie, O.P.

Vocation Director

Phone:  (845) 745-1319

Email: vocationdirector@hawthorne-dominicans.org

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