Join Us


We welcome you to join us in carrying out our mission “to know and love God, to make God known and loved,” “to proclaim that Jesus Christ came that all may have life.” Devote your life completely to God as a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Consider becoming a Sister.

What does it mean to become a Sister of the Sacred Heart of Mary?

The Process

From our baptism, God has been active in our lives, calling each of us. As RSHM, we recognize God's invitation to a radical commitment to follow Christ through vowed life lived in community. The essence of our formation is our response to this invitation. Formation is a life-long process, extending throughout our lives. Since internationality is part of our charism, living in our international, inter-cultural novitiate is part of the formation process.

Stages of Formation:


You will meet and have ongoing conversations with our Director of Vocations.

You will probably also be mentored by a spiritual director who will help you understand God's call for you.

You will have opportunities to get to know the RSHM and for them to get to know you.

To make the decision to follow Jesus as a sister is not made alone.


While you maintain your current employment or education, you will move into and share the daily life of a local community.

You will come to a greater understanding of the RSHM mission and spirit as you continue to discern God's call and your response.

In preparation for your time in our bilingual Institute novitiate in Brazil, you will begin your study of Portuguese.

Novitiate: (2 years)

Living in the international Institute novitiate in Brazil, you will be part of a multi-national, bilingual community of professed sisters and novices who may come from the United States, Latin and South America, Europe, and Africa.

Temporary Profession: (approximately 6 years)

During this time, you may live and minister in your country of origin and /or in other parts of the Institute.

You will learn to integrate prayer, community life and ministry, and will continue to study RSHM history, Constitutions, and other documents.

As you deepen your relationship with God and with the Institute, an RSHM will "accompany" you, assisting you in journeying towards perpetual profession.

At the end of this period, you will begin the process of preparing to make your perpetual vows, which are both a culmination of your initial formation and the continuation of your life-long formation.

Do I Have a Call to Religious Life?

Have you ever wondered if you have a vocation to become a sister? Wish you could Google the answer? Not so, of course. For most people, God's call is revealed through the ordinary experiences and people of our lives.

Are you called to become a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary?

Perhaps you are if…

  • You are seeking a deeper relationship with God.

  • Prayer is important to you.

  • You want to give more of yourself to the service of God's people, especially those whose needs are greatest.

  • You want to live in community with women who share your commitment.

  • You are excited by the prospect of belonging to an international congregation of sisters who serve in the United States, Latin and South America, Europe, and Africa.

  • You have an inner sense, a nagging feeling that God might be calling you to religious life with the RSHM.

What To Do Now?

Connect: Find a good mentor or spiritual director with whom you can talk.
Experience: Spend time with the sisters. Take advantage of prayer and retreat opportunities.
Serve: Look for opportunities to engage in service opportunities. Consider volunteering with the RSHM.

Answer the Call /RSVP

Is God calling you to love and serve others as a Religious Sister? Do you need a sacred and peaceful space to discern? Contact us about the possibility of joining the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary for a “Day of Prayer” in Tarrytown, New York or a “Come and See” Weekend at our beautiful and spacious Cormaria Retreat House in Sag Harbor, New York.

Contact Us

Sr. Anna Maria Lionetti, RSHM
Vocation Director
Phone: (914) 631-8872, ext. 215
50 Wilson Park Drive
Tarrytown, NY 10591