Our entrance process is called "Vena Cava"--the opening to the heart. Both cenobites and eremites will receive
their formation on this list. The cenobites have their own list for the purpose of building community.
interested in either vocation of the Stella Maris Contemplatives are required to belong to Vena Cava.
Cava begins on the First Sunday of Advent. The first year includes an introduction to the Cloisterite charism.
Eremites will study diocesan eremitism and eremitic communities. Cenobites will be introduced to the concept of the
community. Other topics will also be discussed.