Vocation discernment is a process of prayerful reflection to respond to God’s call to live a life of holiness and sacred service. It involves listening to God in all the ways God communicates with us in prayer: through Scriptures, spiritual reading, music, the Church and the world, in personal experience and other people.
Discernment comes from a Latin word meaning to sift out, meaning to distinguish your deepest desire, discover authentic joy in serving, separate what may be from God and what may come from egocentric motives. It is a process of listening to the Spirit, its whispers, tugs and nudges within your soul to become who God has called you to be.
Vocation discernment is best accomplished with the assistance of professionally trained vocation ministers, so you can ultimately decide to apply to enter religious life or seek another life commitment choice.
- We welcome Catholic female discerners ages 18-45, who:
- Demonstrate a faith-filled life, a relationship with God developed by habitual prayer;
- Are citizens of the United States or have permanent residency status;
- Are gainfully employed or engaged in higher education;
- Are single and willing to live a celibate lifestyle;
- Are free from major financial debts and obligations;
- Are free from grave obligations towards family members;
- Have good physical and mental health with no addictions;
- Have at least a high school diploma or GED;
- Have no felonies, credible allegations or arrests for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment;
- Have the capacity to contribute to the life, charism and mission of the community.
A woman who has recently come into full communion with the Catholic Church through RCIA may begin vocation discernment after at least two years of practicing the Catholic faith.
A widow or a woman who has been divorced (and received an annulment), may begin vocation discernment after three years have passed since the death of or divorce from her spouse.
A discerner who had previously been a vowed member or in initial formation in another institute must request letters of reference from previous Superiors/ Formation Directors stating the reason for her withdrawal or dismissal from their particular institute.
We reserve the right to deny admission to anyone who does not meet canonical requirements or who is:
- Accountable to a judge;
- Under legal or financial obligation;
- Under obligation to support her parents or grandparents;
- Responsible for the care and support of her own children;
- Otherwise unqualified or unsuitable for community living.