On January 25, 2010, with great joy, we received Sr. Kathryn as a novice as she was clothed in the Benedictine habit. The novice’s habit is differentiated from that of a professed nun by a white veil and a shorter scapular. She will remain a novice for two years during which time she will discern her call more deeply with our community and prepare for professing temporary vows. The following is a reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe given to the community the night before the clothing ceremony.
A postulant who is ready to be clothed is one who has gone through a period when she’s discovered that life in the monastery isn’t exactly easy and yet it’s very fulfilling because it calls us to something greater than ourselves. A novice is changed in her appearance. She puts away the world and steps into community. She lays aside the things that she could rightly have before but no longer can because in a community all things belong to each other.