The Juniorate begins after first vows and last until final vows which is usually about 5 years. Formation continues during this period. During her years in the juniorate, the religious is helped to unify her life. She learns by experience to combine love of God with apostolic zeal, duty of state with universal charity, prayer with life. She is helped by the Directress of the Juniorate but it is desirable that each sister gradually assume responsibility for her own formation.