The House of Formation and Discernment in West Park, New York, covers all phases of initial formation for those in religious life especially candidacy, novitiate and preparation for final vows. The primary mission of the House of Formation and Discernment is to initiate a spiritual and missionary journey that creates conditions for reciprocal knowledge between the woman discerning religious life – the candidate – and the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. During this discernment, the women in formation are given the opportunity to know the fundamental requirements of the Cabrinian Missionary Life so that they may respond freely to their call whether it is religious life or a lay missionary vocation.
The House of Formation receives MSC junior sisters from other countries to prepare them to take the final step for perpetual commitment. It is a time of intense reflection and study of the vows as well as an opportunity to participate in the mission of the community. This international experience helps the junior sister to integrate her culture with other cultures.
Our community is also a place where women can “Come and See” by spending a quiet
weekend and/or share in the activities of the community. Sisters and our lay collaborators are also welcomed to leave the bustle and hustle of city life and spend time with the Lord in our beautiful grounds that face the Hudson River or use our magnificent chapel for private prayer and reflection.
~Sr. Lucy Panettieri, MSC and Sr. Veronica Piccone, MSC
Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director