Juniorate is the time of religious formation between the first and perpetual profession. During this time the junior takes a closer look and participates in the life of the Congregation. The young Missionary Sister of St. Benedict for five years learns to read, to understand and to live the Word of God in everyday life. She glorifies God through prayer and work. As the spiritual daughter of St. Benedict she gets to know Jesus in his mystery of obedience to the Father, who became obedient unto death, and death on the cross (cf. Philippians 2:8). She seeks God in every man especially in the last, the abandoned, the weak, the sick, in the innocently suffering remembering what Jesus said: “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25,40).
Junior sisters are directed to different types of work, initially part-time, over time taking on ever greater responsibility. It is also the time when sisters take up college studies, learn languages, complete their education so that being well prepared they may undertake the work in accordance with the charism of the Congregation.
Throughout the junior years every 4 months, the sisters take part in the three-day formation gatherings. The gatherings are prepared by the Junior Mistress, who is concerned primarily with the spiritual growth of the sisters, the love and respect for the Congregation and creating of mutual bonds. The three-day gatherings are also an opportunity to express joy and gratitude that we experience our faith in the community.