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Learn about the ICCN.

The Mission of the InterCongregational Collaborative Novitiate (ICCN) is to provide a quality novitiate experience with peers for novices from multiple congregations. 

The program will facilitate ongoing discernment in a holistic and mentoring environment that fosters relational, spiritual, intellectual, and

intercultural growth and development; nurtures individual charisms and the charism of religious life; and prepares novices to live vowed apostolic religious life.

  • The InterCongregational Collaborative Novitiate is located in Chicago, close to Catholic Theological Union, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of the city.

  • The program focuses on the constitutive elements of religious life in partnership with the sending congregations vis-a-vis their foundational responsibility for the transmission of the charism of their community to their novices

  • The ICCN is offered on an academic year schedule (beginning in August and ending in June). 

  • The novitiate is open to novices of women’s congregations; application materials and criteria are listed in the apply section of the website.

  • The program is offered in English. Exploration into bilingual programming will be made at a future date.

  • Novices participate weekly in the Intercommunity Novitiate (ICN) program located at Catholic Theological Union.

  • Two Co-Directors coordinate the novitiate (see more below). 

  • A Board of Directors serves as the governance structure for the novitiate.

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Nancy Gerth, SCN is a Sister of Charity of Nazareth. She is a native of Louisville, KY where she currently resides and serves as her Province’s Formation and Novice Director. Nancy’s ministry experiences include education, social service with the homeless and vocation ministry. She is involved in her congregation’s international vocation and formation committee and several others in the area of initial formation. She enjoys reading, art, home repair and sunshine. She is honored to be part of this initiative and looks forward to its invitation to collaboration. Pictured above, on left.

Corrina Thomas, FSPA is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. She is currently the Novice Minister for her community and lives in Chicago. Corrina was born and raised in India and has been living in the United States for 24 years. Besides formation ministry, her other ministries include spiritual direction, program/retreat director in spirituality centers, and has also worked with victims/survivors of human trafficking. Corrina believes in the future of religious life and the necessity of creating spaces for grace and relationships for newer members. She looks forward to working with the Intercongregational Collaborative Novitiate. Pictured above, on right.

To contact the Co-Directors, email them at

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