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Temporary Profession & Perpetual Profession
Each temporary professed Little Sister is sent out on mission to one of the homes of the Congregation, where she participates fully in our life. This period includes an additional year of doctrinal formation, called the Juniorate. At the completion of their first two years of professed life, the young Little Sisters remake their vows, usually for an additional three years.
Before pronouncing perpetual vows, each Little Sister spends a year of “second novitiate” at our motherhouse in France. This time offers them the grace of living where Saint Jeanne Jugan spent the final years of her life.
During this time each Little Sister becomes more penetrated with the spirit of our Mother Foundress and thus the spirit of our religious family.
After this period the definitive commitment is preceded by an eight-day retreat.
The formation is an personal ongoing program, that continues after the perpetual profession. The spiritual & apostolic training program lasts throughout our life and is intended to help us respond to God's calling with deeper maturity and greater love.