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Monastery of the Most Holy Redeemer, Bolwarra Heights, Australia

Come & See

A woman attracted to the Redemptoristine way of life may request to spend some time inside the Enclosure as an Aspirant. This is also known as a "Live-In" or a "Come-And-See".

The Aspirant is given a simple black veil, a cell within the novitiate wing, and lives alongside the community. The exact time is flexible, but she must not stay for more than three months. She follows a flexible timetable, praying, working, learning and experiencing the Redemptoristine life within the Enclosure. There will be no pressure or obligation to enter and she is free to end the Aspirancy and leave at any time.

The Aspirant must understand that admittance to the cloister is a privilege, and she will be expected to maintain Enclosure until the end of the Aspirancy (unless it is absolutely necessary to go out, e.g. medical reasons). After this stage she may request to join as a Postulant.

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