Aspirants should have the following qualifications:
The Formation Period
The period of formation lasts six years. The first year the candidate is a postulant. She lives with the community and participates as fully as possible. She also receives basic instruction in Carmelite spirituality, catechetics, and religious life. During this year she is free to leave if she discerns that her vocation is not to Carmel.
At the end of a year, if the candidate wishes to continue and the community concurs, she is clothed in the Carmelite habit with a white veil and receives her religious name. This marks the beginning of her novitiate which lasts for two years. The instruction she receives during this period is a preparation for temporary vows of obedience, poverty and chastity. The novice is free to leave the community if she discerns that her vocation is not to Carmel. The community also is free to ask her to leave if they see she does not have the vocation.
At the end of the novitiate if the novice freely requests and the community agrees, she takes temporary vows of obedience, poverty, and chastity for three years to be renewed annually. She is free not to renew her vows if she so chooses and to leave the community. The community may also not allow her to renew her vows. During this period she continues her formation with classes to help her deepen her spiritual life and also practical skills.
At the end of the period of temporary vows, the Sister may request to make solemn vows which are binding for life. The community may accept or reject her request. Her solemn profession is celebrated during Mass at which time she receives the black veil and becomes fully incorporated into the community.