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This is the meaning of the call to the consecrated life: It is an initiative coming wholly from the Father, who asks those whom He has chosen to respond with complete and exclusive devotion. The experience of this gracious love of God is so deep and so powerful that the person called senses the need to respond by unconditionally dedicating his or her life to God, consecrating to Him all things present and future, and placing them in His hands. This is why, with St. Thomas, we come to understand the identity of the consecrated person, beginning with his or her complete self-offering, as being comparable to a genuine holocaust. (Vita Consecrata 17)


All Christians are called to holiness in virtue of their Baptism. Flowing from this Baptismal call, the religious sister is called by God in a unique way to witness to the priority of that life for which we have been made, eternal union with God.


In order to mature in her vocation and to live more deeply the life to which God has called her as a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia, a young woman goes through years of religious formation. The first seven years of her religious life are a preparation for her profession of perpetual vows. The formation process is that of becoming more and more like Christ, growing in union with Him, taking on His mind, and sharing in His sacrificial gift. It is a process of conversion leading to the perfection of charity. Formation in the religious life is a lifelong journey. Thus, we participate in a formal program of formation before and after profession of perpetual vows, seeking to cultivate perseverance and fidelity.