"God never refuses His grace to those who ask it."

Venerable Catherine McAuley

Two postulants with professed Sisters


After consultation with the Superior General, it may be determined that a particular candidate would benefit from an additional period of discernment and growth with the community. In most cases, pre-postulancy occurs at Saint Marienhaus in Germany, although other locations are also possible.

Formation in pre-postulancy is ordered toward growth in self-knowledge, growth in greater disposition for the formation in postulancy, and a greater understanding and experience of living religious life as a Religious Sister of Mercy.

Two postulants with professed Sisters


On August 1 candidates are received into postulancy. The word "postulant" comes from the Latin word, "postulare," which means "to seek" or "to question." Women entering postulancy are seeking to know if it is God's will for them to be a Sister of Mercy.

Formation during this period enables the postulant to enter into the prayer life, common life, customs, and work of the community. Postulancy ends with entrance into the canonical novitiate on July 16 of the following year.