From the Novices
On October 1, 2012, Feast of Saint Therese Lisieux, we were received as Novices into the Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth. On that day we were welcomed into the community and given our religious names, founded on our baptismal names,
- Sister Melissa Anne,
- Sister Bongani Ester,
- Sister Noeline and
- Sister Sipona Mary Agnes.
Each one of us was attracted to the Sisters of Nazareth for a different reason; caring for the elderly, teaching children, helping people in need, watching the Sisters at work and living in community together.
Deepening our relationship with God
Over the next two years we will be deepening our relationship with God and become more aware of ourselves and our new way of life through prayer and study. We will learn more about the Congregation and Religious Life. During these two years we are accompanied by our Novice Director who guides and supports us as we discern our personal vocational journey.
As novices we live in the novitiate and this allows us to experience community living, the value of it and even its challenges. We pray as a community as well as having time for personal prayer.
The structure of our day
We are currently in our first year; this is known as the canonical or spiritual year. So far we have started studying the Rule of St Augustine and Constitutions of the Congregation which are Gospel based. We have looked at the history of the Congregation and are now learning about the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience and the mission of the Church.
Our day is structured so that there is a balance, with the opportunity for prayer, study and relaxation. The day begins with Morning Prayer followed by Mass then breakfast. We have some personal time for prayer before class which takes various forms. We have the opportunity to attend external courses. For relaxation we might play sports, or games or watch television. Sometimes we cook, bake, go for a walk, go to the cinema or have quiet time at home. We laugh a lot!
We are all different
We are from different parts of the world and have brought with us into the Congregation various gifts and talents together with our own personalities. We love, value, respect and encourage one another to be the best that we can be in loving God and serving those we minister to.
During our second year we will spend more time in the various ministries of the congregation and have the opportunity to visit and live in some of the other communities while continuing our personal discernment. We are looking forward to that.
Please pray for us.