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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Community Spotlight: Apostolic Sisters of the Community of St John (International Provinces)

Order: Community of St John (Apostolic Sisters)

Founder: Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe OP (R.I.P.)

Gender: Female

Apostolate: Their work is varied: children,  youth and campus ministry, retreats for families, hospitality, parish ministry, education, ministry in nursing homes, visits to the poor and homebound.

Eligibility: Unknown (I will find out and get back to you on this!)

Formation:
The Stages of the Sisters' Formation
  • The first stage is postulancy which is usually done in a House of Formation of the Community; it lasts between 6 to 12 months.
  • The second stage is the Novitiate which lasts between 2 years to 2 1/2 years. It is during this time that the Novice receives the habit.
  • The third stage is temporary profession which lasts for at least 4 years. During these years the Sister continues her formation and she also spends some years in an Apostolic Priory.
  • At the end of her temporary vows, if the Sister is accepted by the Community, she pronounces her perpetual vows (until death).
Vows: Chastity, Obedience, Poverty (More info. on vows)

Practices:
Typical Weekday in a House of Formation

6:15Silent Prayer
7:00Lauds
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 Lectio Divina
8:45Fraternal
services
9:15Classes or
personal study
11:15Sext & Mass
Thanksgiving
1:00Lunch
Rosary
Manual work
4:30  Class
5:30Vespers
6:00 Holy Hour
7:00Dinner
8:15Compline


History:
Founded in France in 1984 by Fr. Marie Dominique Philippe, the Congregation of the Apostolic Sisters of Saint John is the third branch of the Family of St. John. It is a Roman Catholic religious institute with a monastic spirit and an apostolic mission. It was recognized by the Bishop of Autun (Burgundy, France) as an institute of diocesan right in 1993.
Today there are 17 priories throughout the world.

Recommended: 'Follow the Lamb' ('Wherever He Goes')

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