Missionaries formally consecrate themselves to the Lord through the vow of celibate chastity and through the promises of poverty and obedience, as outlined by the SIM Rule and Constitution.
Chastity: The vow of chastity is a sign of our commitment to live a celibate way of loving marked by detachment from the desires of the senses and the acceptance of love for everyone.
Poverty: The promise of poverty is detachment from things, people, self to become attached to God testifying to our dependence upon God, the source of all gifts. The Missionary prepares an annual budget to express a commitment to allocate her resources of time, talent and treasure according to Gospel priorities.
Obedience: The promise of obedience sets us free from self-centeredness and indicates a preference for the common good over personal desires. It is a commitment to living in accordance with God’s will, the Constitution, Rule of Life and leaders in the institute.