2. It is possible to spend some time with the Sisters?
Yes, it is.
A request is made to the Sisters in one's suburb or nearest convent, to live with them for a week-end or even longer.
This will give you and ourselves the time to talk and you may also share in what we are doing at the time.
3. After having experienced the above, what should I do if I feel that God is calling me, to live as a Salesian Sister?
You would make contact with a Salesian Sister who could accompany you, by way of frequent encounters, in this initial discerning of what God wants you to do with your life, before a more formal training programme begins.
4. I have heard of a "Formation Program". What is it?
"Formation Program" is the formal program to train young women who would like to become Sisters. In the South Pacific Region, the Formation Program of the Salesian Sisters from start to final profession consists of 3 major periods:
Pre-novice (Period of Discernment and Orientation and Period of Postulancy): two years or more interacting in the life of the Salesian Sisters in one or more of our communities in Australia (Adelaide, Melbourne and/or Sydney). In Samoa young women interested in our life join a "Come and See" program. If they wish to continue the journey with the Salesian Sisters, they work with our Sisters at Leauva'a in the St. Joseph's Primary School. After that they spend one year (pre-novitiate stage) living with the Sisters at Moamoa, Samoa before leaving for Australia to continue their journey with the Sisters. At the moment there is no Formation Program in the Solomons Islands yet.
Novice (Period of Novitiate): two years living with the Sisters and more intensive study of our constitutions and deepening of the Christian faith (Liturgy, Scripture, Church etc.) and human development
First profession to final profession (Period of Temporary Profession to final Profession): a period from six to nine years. The young Sister professes her vows in the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christian and lives fully immersed in the life of the Salesian Sisters in Australia, Samoa, American Samoa and the Solomons Islands.