Being a Sister is a Calling!
To become a Sister, you need to have a desire and a dedication to helping those in need, to speak out for the community and, of course, be PRETTY! The Sisters work hard for the charities we support and are always being asked to participate in events in the greater Palm Springs area.
There are different paths to becoming a member of The Palm Springs Sisters. As a potential member, you should think about what you want to gain by your progression and the following of your chosen path.
Following the ministrant path – to become a Sister or a Brother, to those who feel the calling to become a member, there is a process that will guide you along your path.
- Aspirant Period – This is where you get to know us, and us you. You start coming to our meetings as a guest and have talks with our Fully Professed Members, especially our Mistress of Novices. During his time, you should also be coming to our events and assisting us in these wonderful times. When you are ready, you can voice your intent to join our House and start your path towards Fully Professed Member.
- Postulant Period – This is the second step in becoming a Sister. The Postulant Period is when you get to put on “Face” and wear the “official” Postulant robe. During the period, your attire and appearance do have some restrictions; these will be clarified by the Mistress of Novices. You will also need to choose a mentor or Mother in the house. This person must be a fully professed member and will be responsible for mentoring you through your path.
- Novitiate Period – This is the third step in your journey. The Novitiate Period is when you get your official House Coronet and Veil. You are also allowed to start adorning your makeup with glitter and jewels! During this stage of your journey, you learn the lessons needed to become a Fully Professed Member, and you will be required to enact a novice project that shows the house your ability to create and implement a successful event and work with other members of the house as a team to coordinate your event.
- Fully Professed Member (FPM) – Congratulations! The house has voted on your journey, based on what they have seen in your appearances, your ability to work with the group as a team player, your dedication to the Sister’s mission and all that you have learned from each step of your progression.
There is also a path to follow if you prefer to be a guard. Being a guard is an important role within the house, as our guards are often not only our support but also our protectors. As a guard, you would need to remain vigilant to the needs of The Sisters at any event and help us in any way you can. In some cases, this can be akin to herding cats. Other times, it’s an extremely fulfilling position in a supportive role. The guard path has a different set of stages to follow, as befitting of the position. These stages and steps are very similar to becoming a Sister or Brother, but may have unique moments and experiences.
Some important things to know –
- Until you are a FPM, you are not permitted to publicly represent the Sisters. You should always direct any questions or press to a Fully Professed Member.
- During each stage of progression you are required to meet certain milestones set by the Mistress of Novices or the House. These include but are not limited to specific attendance requirements for meetings and/or events.
- Until you are a FPM you are not permitted to publicly appear in face without the presence of a FPM.
- There are specific attire and/or uniform stipulations, as well as specific requirements for your public face. These will be discussed with you and the Mistress of Novices.
This is just a brief overview of what it takes to become a Sister. If you want to discuss the process in detail, please complete the form below and our Mistress of Novices will contact you. You may also come to any of our meetings or events and get to know us – and speak with the Mistress of Novices of your intentions.