Our Formation

Candidates enter a two to three year program of formation that includes:


Postulancy / a period of exploration

(Lasting 6 months to one year)

  • Continuing daily Two Way Prayer while meeting weekly with an approved Prayer Partner or Group
  • Studying assigned literature
  • Discerning a call to the Community with spiritual guides
  • Visiting formally with two or more SSC members
  • Embarking on the development and practice of an individual Rule of Life
  • Remaining in regular contact with the Director of Formation
  • Attending one or more Quarterly Gatherings of the Community
  • Being recommended for the Novitiate by the Director of Formation and the Guardian

Novitiate / A Period of Discernment

(Lasting one to two years)

  • Continuing daily Two Way Prayer and sharing weekly with an SSC member
  • Addressing areas of needed growth and enhancement as discerned during postulancy
  • Refining and living by a written Rule of Life
  • Demonstrating proficiency in 12-Step recovery, the mystic writers and teachers, the monastic tradition, Anglicanism, and the Inner Work of psycho-spiritual transformation
  • Participating in local Chapter meetings, attending Gatherings and annual Conclaves as time and travel allow
  • Identifying and actively engaging in a personal Service Field
  • Undertaking a directed retreat further discerning a call to the Community and being recommended for vows by the Director of Formation, the Standing Committee, and the Guardian

professed / a period of commitment

  • Undertaking a series of one-year vows received by our Visiting Bishop at annual Convocation
  • Committing to Life Vows following three years of membership in the Community
  • Remaining actively engaged in the life and work of the Community, in a local Chapter, and in the 12-Step Fellowship of one's choice