The Formation houses are located in different part of Kannyakumari District in Tamil Nadu. It is meant to train young girls who wish to become Nuns and function effectively within the community of the Daughters of Mary. The training period helps them to take an active role in their spiritual and social transformation. In addition to their spiritual and social development, provision is made for them to continue their academic studies.

Frequently asked questions:

How long is the training period?
The training period lasts four years. One year of aspirancy, one year of postulancy, one year of canonical novitiate and one year of second year novitiate, along with 5 months regency including exposure programme. After one year of aspirancy, the candidates who have not passed higher secondary are sent for 2 years academic studies. Then only they are sent for postulancy.

Do I need any special Education qualifications?
A High school education is advisable, but exceptions are made in individual cases.

Where is the mother house?
The Aspirant house is located at the mother house at Marthandam, in the Diocease of Marthandam. Here young sisters are trained for their future work.

How long is the training period?
The training period lasts four years. Candidates enter as aspirants in May. Second year postulants begin their training course in June. The Third year novices enter the novitiate. Here they continue their novitiate training into their fourth year. The fourth year consolidates their mission training, education and formation.





The stages of formation for the sisters are:
  • Aspirancy
  • Postulancy
  • Novitiate
  • Second Year Novitiate
  • First Commitment
  • Final Commitment.
» Aspirants House:

Aspirant's House is at Marthadam in Kannyakumari District. This is an orientation period. Aspirants are those who have shown an interest to dedicate their lives to serving humanity. Only young girls who have passed their tenth standard at school are eligible and admitted as aspirants. Admission is open all year round. The syllabus focuses on spirituality, yoga, meditation, St.Theresa's spirituality, liturgy, catechism, music, sociology, Faith in God the Father, the Son, Holy Spirit, inner healing and sacred feast days.

» Postulancy:

Postulancy House is at Kirathur. It generally begins in September. It consolidates what the aspirant has learnt during their initial training. The candidates are trained in meditation, and spirituality.

» Novitiate:

Novitiate House is at Chaikottukonam. During this period the novices learn the Constitution of the Congregation and they deeply evolve and develop prayer and meditation.

» Second Year Novitiate :

At the end of the second year novitiate there will be an intense formation for four months. This time they will be given 40 days retreat and an intense study about vows and religious life. Those who have real commitment to surrender themselves to the eternal love, request to make vows. Then they are permitted to make the first profession. Every stage of initial formation there is specified syllabus and hand book which is given to each formation staff. To visit formation houses and to co-ordinate the formation programmes we have formation co-ordinators in general and provincial level.

» First Commitment:

On agreeing to their first commitment the sister is immersed in the life, mission and spirit of the sisters. Through continued community involvement they are guided in areas of personal development, apostolic ministry, community living, spiritual life and personal development.

» Juniorate:

During this period the trainee sister's role is as a junior to the sisters. On completion of four years of their first commitment they are sent to convents around India where they receive further training in theology, philosophy, sacred liturgy and are taught a deeper understanding of the gospels. They are actively engaged in community development services. Fifth year, juniors are called together for one year for the juniorate Course staying in a common house (Aluva) under the Generalate.


We aim to promote the love of God among the people we serve. Our services can be divided into four heads;
  • Mission Apostolate
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social Welfare



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