God, in His love, calls all the faithful to the
perfection of charity, through different states of life,
to help accomplish the salvation of the world. Everyone
must give a free and loving response to this call, so
that the dignity of humankind and the Will of God may
unite in harmony.
A religious vocation is a gratuitous gift from God, a
calling that is accepted and lived with generosity and
love by men and women who choose a religious
congregation as their “heritage in the land of the
living.” Ps. 142:6
The Congregation of the Oblates to the Blessed Trinity
accepts Catholic women, ages 18-40 (exceptions can be
made with older women) who manifest a desire to
consecrate themselves to God, and who possess the
necessary aptitude to live the spirit of the
Congregation and dedicate themselves to its apostolate.
Formation consists in guiding and assisting the
candidates in the growth of human, spiritual and
religious values that contribute to the development of a
The primary goal of religious formation is to form the
candidates in the life of Christ through an intimate
union with Him, as well as through the practice of
perfect charity as seen in the Gospels.
Formation has distinct stages grouped under two periods:
initial formation, which ends with the perpetual
profession, and ongoing formation, which embraces the
entire life of the religious.
The Postulancy is a school of life in which the
candidates live among the religious as in their own
family, in an atmosphere of spirituality, simplicity,
mutual respect and freedom.
The Postulancy is a period of preparation for the
Novitiate. Its duration is from six months to a year.
The Novitiate holds an indispensable place in formation
and in the entire religious life. In our Congregation
the novitiate lasts two years. The first year is known
as the canonical year. After a simple ceremony of
investiture, in the presence of the community, the
postulants become novices and begin the canonical year
which is designated as a period of intense spiritual
formation and study. During the second year of
Novitiate, the novices, as part of their formation, will
begin experiencing the ministry life of the Oblates
together with professed sisters.
The Juniorate is the period of temporary vows during
which the newly professed Sisters integrate themselves
further into the community of the Oblates to the Blessed
Trinity. The goal of the Juniorate is to continue to
perfect the general and special religious instruction
acquired during the Novitiate. It is also the time of
preparation for the total self-giving of the religious
to God through the profession of perpetual vows.
The period of temporary vows is from five to nine years.
In this stage of formation, the Sisters strive to deepen
and live their consecration to God while they continue
their doctrinal, professional and apostolic preparation.
The Congregation offers its members an ongoing
opportunity to grow and to form themselves in a
day-by-day oblation to Trinitarian Love. The Oblates, by
our very life, strengthen and vivify the Congregation
and its apostolate through our personal growth in our
consecration to God.
The Oblates do all that is possible to perfect our
spiritual life. We take advantage of all the means and
resources that the Church and the Congregation offer us
for our continuous formation. We will consider important
for the development of our religious life those
initiatives which engender a deepening of the spirit and
charism of the Congregation, of the values of the
apostolate and those of the consecrated life.