Young women who are interested in finding out more about the life of a Sister of Notre Dame are invited to attend a “Come and See” weekend. During this time a young woman will live with the sisters and learn more specifically about religious life as a Sister of Notre Dame.
After attending several “Come and See” weekends, a young woman who believes God is calling her to religious life as a Sister of Notre Dame enters into a discernment process with the SND Formation Director. During this time the Director visits her home and meets her family and the young woman continues to spend time with the SND community.
After the young woman and the community discern that she may have a vocation to religious life and she has completed her education, she may be invited to enter as an aspirant. Aspirants move into the house of formation in Mpala. The time as an aspirant lasts several months. The next stage of formation is candidacy which lasts one to two years.
After candidacy, the young woman becomes a postulant and moves to the novitiate in Tanzania where she joins other young African women preparing to be Sisters of Notre Dame. She will live in the novitiate for three years: one as a postulant and two as a novice.
At the end of the three years, the novice returns to Uganda where she makes her first vows as a Sister of Notre Dame and begins to participate in ministry followed by further education. The formation process before final vows lasts at least five years. During this time the young woman is assisted in her personal growth, prayer, and community living.
Following is a list of Sisters from Uganda and the date of their first/final profession of vows: