Application Process

Discovering and pursuing your true purpose

The process of finding your way to your highest desires is what makes your journey through life meaningful. There is no one path, you must discover for yourself what God asks of you. We welcome you to consider religious life as a Religious of the Sacred Heart. We make a commitment to walk with you on this journey. Together we will help you to find joy, fulfillment and happiness. In order to make a good, prayerful decision we must both:

  • look at the decision prayerfully from all angles

  • take the time with the decision, be patient, trust the process and ultimately trust that God will lead you to the right place.

  • In the end, we each must follow our heart and gut and take a leap of faith. 

Inquiry

When you feel drawn to religious life, and wondering if the Society of the Sacred Heart would be a good fit for you, we encourage you to come and explore. Spend time with us and get to know who we are and how we are living out the Gospel today. We are interested in getting to know you, to support your personal growth and living into your highest goals and aspirations, hearing what brings you happiness and what has drawn you to religious life. We welcome opportunities to get to know you.

There are many ways to connect with the RSCJ  - come relax, hang out, socialize, meet new people, engage in interesting conversations, laugh, and experience new things with good folks. Come and be...

Discernment

Discernment is an exciting adventure when we give up control and take risks to follow God's lead not knowing where we will end up. We welcome you into this process - from inquiry through the complete application process. Open your mind and heart and see what happens.

How do we know what God wants us to do in life? That is the question that each religious asks. When the time is right, the director of vocation ministry will begin leading you through a "discernment" process. The term discernment describes the process by which we notice, ponder, and interpret our experience in the light of faith. Discernment is a process of opening and listening. The director of vocation ministry has been chosen as a wise mentor to accompany you through this process. She is available to help you discover your gifts from God and to deepen your exploration of vocation. Because this is such an important moment of spiritual questioning and growth you will be encouraged to meet with a spiritual director - a person who is trained to help you focus on where God is leading you as you make important life decisions. This process of inquiry invites us to see with the eye of the soul and listen with your heart. This requires a strong commitment to regular prayer and reflection. The length of time devoted to discerning is tailored to the needs of the individual.

Application for Membership

After an appropriate period of discernment, you may be invited by the director of vocation ministry to apply for membership in the Society of the Sacred Heart. You will be accompanied through the application process by the vocation director. The process entails:

  1. Writing a reflective piece on your life which is meant to help us know you better, but even more importantly, to help you reflect with gratitude on the Spirit’s action in your life and help you come to a deeper realization of what your deepest desires and values are in reference to entering religious life.

  2. Completing a questionnaire that focuses on your personal and family life, and your academic and professional history.

  3. Submitting a medical history signed by your primary care physician.

  4. Meeting with a psychologist for an evaluation (the Society of the Sacred Heart covers the cost of this).

  5. An interview with an RSCJ especially trained to help you reflect on issues related to religious life.

Still have questions? Please contact the director of vocation ministry or any of the vocations contacts throughout the province.

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