Vowed members are called to respond to God’s love through a public profession of canonical vows. A vowed member is a Catholic woman who experiences God’s invitation to make a life commitment as a religious sister. She discerns this call over a period of 5 to 9 years of preparation, and then professes perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Covenant Companions (associates) are women and men who, after a period of study and mutual discernment, feel called to respond to God’s love through a formal relationship with the Wheaton Franciscan community.
Covenant Companions proclaim their commitment through a public covenant that is reflected upon annually.