A Day in the Life of a Passionist Aspirant

What must it be like to live in a monastery?

Praying, living, working, recreating, studying, thriving, growing and wondering…am I going to be a Passionist Nun?  Will I get to wear that holy habit one day?  Will I, one day, be bound to Jesus Crucified FOREVER by the five Passionist vows?

I thought you might find it interesting to see life from the perspective of an aspirant.   According to our Rule and Constitutions (#91)…

 The better to discern God’s Will in their lives, the aspirants live in community for a definite period of time, not beyond three months, as arranged by the Superior, having heard her Council.

The attitude of the aspirant to contemplative life in a Passionist community, her character, health, psychological balance and sociability are evaluated. Meanwhile they familiarize themselves with the scope and mission of the Passionist contemplative life, the poverty, simplicity and detachment from everything which must characterize their life.

As contemplative nuns we are deputed to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. This perfect prayer of worship, praise, intercession and reparation brings the graces of redemption to all times, people and places.

Various forms of work, manual labor and study
– good for body and soul

Typing a supplement to our Passionist Proper Offices

One does not need to be a mystic to enter the monastery
nor does she need to know how to sew…all things in due time!

Scripture sharing on Sunday mornings

Time for the Rosary, Stations of the Cross and other devotional prayers throughout the day

Our aspirants use a book on St. Gabriel by John Joseph Schweska followed by a class on our Passionist charism and Passionist saints. 

During the aspirancy there is also a video course by Fr. Timothy Gallagher on the Rules for Discernment of Spirits. This class has been a great grace for a number of women who have come here discerning God’s plan for their life.

Next week Anne and Sr. Cecilia Marie will begin the scripture class from Genesis to Jesus generously made available through the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (whose President is Dr. Scott Hahn)

Darning socks?
be careful not to darn too thick or you’ll have sore heels!

One is encouraged to grow in her natural talents

Well, I hope you enjoyed this short day in our life. Please pray for us as we seek to live out #90 of our Constitutions:

The Passionist Nuns, being cooperators with God who chooses and calls whom He wills, strive to encourage vocations by making known the value of the consecrated life and the challenge involved in the following of Christ Crucified, as also through the example of their lives, their prayer and the spoken and written word.

We have several young women who have expressed interest in coming for a visit in the spring and one who hopes to return this summer for the aspirancy.  Please pray for them and for all whom God is giving the gift of being radically consecrated to Him. To love Him and make Him loved!


11 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Passionist Aspirant

  1. How exciting Sister! All the young women discerning will be in my prayers! God Bless, and happy feast of Our Lady of Lourdes!

  2. How beautiful the vocation of a Passionist Nun! May God call many young women to His heart to live and love as a nun in your community.

  3. What a beautiful article about your aspirant and such wonderful pictures. Your website is just great. Prayers for Anne and for vocations to your wonderful house of God. I really enjoy reading and learning about your order!

  4. How wonderful to know that we are still able to study ‘together’ even though it is virtually . I am in the Genesis to Jesus study at OLG right now and as I write am listening to Fr Tim Gallagher right now- rule #5 on EWTN. I continue to pray for you all and especially Anne is on my heart every day, so lovely to read this blog post. Please pray for my Tiffany who goes on the HS senior retreat tomorrow.

  5. I so enjoyed reading about the life of a Passionist aspirant and will certainly be praying that many vocations come your way. God bless and strengthen those who are discerning and the beautiful sisters who already comfort our crucified Lord.

  6. This is very interesting. I’m happy there are a number of young women interested in dedicating their entire life to the Lord.

    What happens when the time for the aspirancy ends? Does the aspirant go home for awhile to think about her experience and discern whether or not she really wants to commit? Does she wait to hear from the superior and her council about her suitability for your way of life?

  7. Those are excellent questions! It is desirous that by the end of the aspirancy the discernment has already been made as to whether or not the candidate will enter the monastery. The young woman goes home after aspirancy to finish up personal matters and spend precious time with family and friends. It is ideal that she return to enter the monastery in 3 – 4 weeks.

  8. I marvel at how every good gift can be used to do good or twisted to do harm. This is an awesome use of the internet: sharing with the lay faithful a sliver of the cloistered life. What an incredible calling!

    I’m so inspired by (and dare I say proud of?) my precious friend, Anne, for obediently answering the Lord’s call to her to pursue the discernment of life as a Passionist Nun!

    The work and mission of your order is so incredibly vital to the life of His Church. Though invisible and unnoticed by so many, your devotion is doing mighty things for the Kingdom of our Lord!

    “Heavenly Father, in your wisdom you have called certain women and men to a life of special consecration so that in prayerful observance of a lifestyle of poverty, chaste celibacy and obedience, they might be witnesses to us that as St. Paul says, ‘our true citizenship is in heaven.’ Give them, Lord, the grace of joy and perseverance in their holy vocation. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.”

  9. You have gained such a wonderful addition to your community in Anne! We will miss her deeply in Indy but are so glad that she has found a happy ending to this long journey. Our thoughts and prayers are with her!


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