The first profession of vows takes place upon completion of the two year novitiate program. No longer a novice, a sister begins the formative period known as temporary profession where she lives the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. She makes her vows before God and the Bon Secours community in an investiture ceremony that takes place within a Mass of Religious Profession.
The investiture ceremony is a momentous occasion in a Sister’s formation process, marked by several symbolic rituals.
She receives the Franciscan crucifix for the first time, which is the sign of the infinite love of God for His people. She also receives the constitutions and Directory, her guides for living a life in response to the Gospel call of Christ.