Inquiry is a period of time during which a person seeking a relationship with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates becomes acquainted with the community, Sisters and Consociates, and familiarizes her/himself with the CSJ mission and ministries. She/he:
Participates in public community events, prayer experiences and educational opportunities Meets with the Consociate team to process whether she/he: has an experience of the present CSJ/St. Paul community; shares CSJ values; and is ready to begin Consociate candidacy Persons who have limited experience with the present CSJ community may be asked to enter into a structured process or intentional inquiry designed to meet her/his individual needs.
During the application process, individuals learn the requirements of candidacy and consider whether they are able to fulfill the responsibilities of candidacy at this time. In consultation with the Consociate Services Team, a Sister and a Consociate are invited to be their companions during candidacy. The application process is usually done in February of each year.
Applicants approved by the Province Leadership Team are invited to begin candidacy. The province holds a ritual of welcome for new candidates and invites the province community and the candidates’ families and friends as witnesses. At the ritual, new candidates are introduced to and blessed by the province community. This ritual is the formal beginning of candidacy.
Candidacy ordinarily lasts two years. It is a time when persons discerning a call to make the Consociate commitment learn the history, charism, mission and ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates. The candidates:Candidacy ordinarily lasts two years. It is a time when persons discerning a call to make the Consociate commitment learn the history, charism, mission and ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates. The candidates:
Persons make a commitment to the CSJ community of Sisters and Consociates upon completion of the candidacy program and acceptance by the Province Leadership Team and Council. During a ritual of commitment, they state the following in their own words:
“I commit myself to live the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, St. Paul Province, moving always toward profound love of God and neighbor without distinction. I pledge myself to live the vision and values of the community as a Consociate within the context of my life and responsibilities.”
Following commitment, Consociates enter into a deeper participation in the ministries, prayer, and activities of the CSJ community. The most important way a Consociate lives this mission is through their relationships and ministries. Consociates’ ministries might include family life; paid and volunteer work; and social, political, justice and spiritual activities.