In general, applicants are considered for acceptance after they have been in contact with the community for a sufficient time. This allows the individual and the community time to experience one another. Applicants will become Postulants for a period of one year. During this time, formal classes are begun in preparation for their religious life.
We have one 'Come-and-See' retreat and other events throughout the year. We invite you to join the Sisters in Holy Mass, Divine Office, Trisagion Rosary, and the opportunity to enjoy time with the Sisters.
These events offered by the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity offer many young women discerning Religious vocations the opportunity to deepen their spiritual life and encounter God's will for their lives.
For more information about attending a 'Come-and-See' Retreat, complete the form on the Contact Us page or contact Sr. Rochelle at 216-481-8232.
After approximately a year, the Postulant may request admission to the Novitiate. If the community grants the request, she is accepted as a Novice.
The Novitiate is a two-year period and includes the study of Trinitarian spirituality, prayer, and training for the Apostolate. During the two years, the Novice will experience deepening spiritual formation and on-going and ever deepening involvement of the person in the awareness of the responsibilities and commitment of the religious consecration.
After the Novitiate is completed, the Novice may request permission to make Temporary Vows. The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity commit themselves to the evangelical counsels of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. Temporary Vows is a one to two year period of continually deepening spiritual formation and commitment to the Order.
After the period of Temporary Vows, the Sister can ask to consecrate herself forever to God by public profession of Perpetual Vows.
The Evangelical Counsels
"...of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience,
consecrated to God are a divine gift,
a sign and an excellent way of liberating
(Constitution Chapter IV, #40)
"Poverty, voluntarily embraced, also assumes the qualification of the testimony
of one's love of Christ and the participation in His poverty, as much as He,
who was rich, became poor for us, to enrich us with His poverty. In this spirit,
the Religious, even though she provides for her necesseties through work, she
is to dismiss every excessive preoccupation and rely on the providence of the
Father in Heaven."
~ Trinitarian Constitution, Chapter IV, Article 51
"Chastity, embraced for the Kingdom of Heaven, is an eminent gift of grace that
unifies a Religious more intimately to Christ and the Church and renders her
heart free in a special manner, so as to inflame it always with more charity
to God and people."
~ Trinitarian Constitution, Chapter IV, Article 43
"In the spirit of sincere obedience and mutual respect, the Religious cooperates
with active and responsible obedience in the fulfillment of her duties, in the initiatives
she undertakes and in the execution of orders, placing energies and gifts of nature
and grace at the availability of the community for an effectual there must be no
limits to availability, but must engage to live entirely in the imitation of Christ, who,
moved by the Spirit, fulfilled the will of God in everything."
~ Trinitarian Constitution, Chapter IV, Article 56