This weekend, my former postulant directress, Sr. Sara Marie will commemorate her birthday. I’ve known her for ten years, since I first visited Hankinson back in 2004, but she’s only celebrated two birthdays since then! You see, she was born on February 29th. I love to tease about that, but I am most grateful for her life and all she has taught me, both during postulancy (about the beauty of the Consecrated life) and beyond.
You may have heard the term “postulant” but not really know what this part of formation entails, or what it means. Before we go further, postulant is the one who is looking into religious life and postulancy is the stage of formation which she is in. According to our constitutions, “the Postulancy is a time for the postulant and the Congregation to become better acquainted with each other…The duration of the Postulancy is at least six months, and normally not longer than two years. The time may vary for individuals. (6.5-6) Our provincial directives further stipulate that “the Postulant lives in our Motherhouse, where she observes the order of the day.”
During my own postulancy, I really discovered the depth and beauty of our vocation through my “classes” with Sr. Sara Marie. At the same time, I enhanced my skills of cleaning the depths of toilets with my bathroom duties, which I dubbed “Penta-P privileges” (short for Perpetual, Professional, Porcelain and Plug Purification)
Thanks, Sr. Sara Marie, and happy (non-)birthday!