In February 2010, The Oprah Show got a rare glimpse inside a thriving convent in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nuns from the Dominican Sisters of Mary spoke openly about their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience to God and their church.
The average age of the 113 sisters who live and serve at the convent is just 28—an age where many other women are marrying and having children. Now, the sisters are back to shed light on the eight-year journey of faith to fully devote themselves to Jesus, culminating in a service where sisters take their final vows and marry Jesus.
See what the first day is like for nuns-to-be.
When women first enter the convent, they are called aspirants. The women come from all walks of life and range in age, with some entering as teenagers. "We try to discern God's will for a young woman, and that's what you're looking for. God does the calling. We don't do the calling," convent founder Mother Assumpta says. "We discern to see: Does this young woman have a religious vocation? Is she mature enough to live it?"