& Ongoing Formation
“Formation is a progressive unfolding of the call by God the Father to the individual sister and of the interior attraction which accompanies it. Our Customs and Guide explains that ‘the formation of a Religious Sister of Mercy is a lifelong process that begins from the day of her entrance as a postulant into the Institute and continues until her entrance into eternal life’” (Ratio Formationis, 2017). In light of the life-long process of religious formation, it is incumbent upon each sister to take up the responsibility of engaging in this formation through her life of prayer, spiritual reading, life in common, and honest and personal dialogue with other sisters of the Institute. In addition to the formal and informal times of discussion and learning in the local communities, the Perpetually Professed Sisters come together every summer at the Motherhouse for a time of retreat, classes, and fellowship together.