“The Sisters can give Christ because they have Christ. They have Christ because they love Christ, because they are consecrated to Christ and Christ is consecrated to them.”

John Cardinal O’ConnorFounder of the Sisters of Life

Vocational Information

The Journey

The God who created the universe and called everything into existence, loved you into being.

He knows you. He has a beautiful plan for your life, stretching into eternity, and wants to reveal His plan to you in a journey of receiving your vocation. You may feel like you don’t know where to begin, or wonder if you missed something or even compromised your vocation at this point.

Be not afraid!

This journey is such a precious time of discovery, making demands worthy of me and drawing me more and more into the intimacy I desire and need. It can be frustrating and confusing, surprising and new, but always beautiful because you are never alone! Here are some helpful tools as you begin.

Called to Love

What is a vocation?

Vocation means “call.” It is how you were created to love and be loved. It is an invitation received, and God initiates. We cannot earn or create it. He speaks it into the depths of our heart, and in freedom, I respond in trust and generosity, knowing it is for my joy.

Who can I look to as a guide?

The lives of the saints display the many paths to holiness. We see men and women who have discerned and chosen God’s plan for their life and love. Let the Blessed Mother’s trusting “yes” give you courage.

How do I prepare for my vocation?

Living one’s life now is an anticipation and preparation for your definitive vocation. Strive to be the best daughter, the best sister, the best friend/student/co-worker, etc.

How can I grow in freedom?

Be not afraid!

This journey is such a precious time of discovery, making demands worthy of me and drawing me more and more into the intimacy I desire and need. It can be frustrating and confusing, surprising and new, but always beautiful because you are never alone!

Here are some helpful tools as you begin.

By drawing closer to Jesus, living a virtuous life, and making generous sacrifices of my time and very self to God and others, I make strides in freedom and openness of heart to hear and respond.

Beginning to Ask the Questions

Have you asked the Lord in prayer what He desires for you?

Lord, how am I called to love? If you sense the possibility of religious life, you may ask: What is this life like? How can I know if I’m being called to this? Finding a trusted spiritual director or confessor can help you to recognize the Lord in these movements of your heart.
There are many forms of the consecrated life, and religious life is distinct.

If you feel drawn to religious life, know that each community has a unique charism- a gift of the Spirit imparted on a founder/foundress to meet a particular need of the Church and the world. The apostolate, or work of the community, is the form in which the charism is expressed. As you seek to know the will of God, ask the Lord to reveal your heart to you – your passions and deepest desires.

Listening to the stories and witness of those who have also asked the question can be a consolation and help.

Going Deeper

In Prayer

The Lord meets us where we are.

He wants to hear our hopes, fears, desires and struggles. It is through these realities that He is able to lead our hearts.

Here are some practicals for going deeper in prayer:

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Setting time aside daily for silent prayer
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Creating spaces for silence and welcome, even when you’re not “praying”- to be open to the voice of Jesus (i.e. limiting distractions; going unplugged during your run or commute)
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Receiving the graces of Confession more frequently
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Spending time in Adoration
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Reading the scriptures, beginning with the Gospels
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Making time for daily Mass when possible

Stepping Out of the Boat

Reaching out to find a way to spend time with Sisters gives the opportunity to see firsthand the joy of a life dedicated to Jesus, imitating Him in poverty, chastity and obedience. It also casts out some of the fears, misconceptions and stereotypes, which lessen the anxieties that can keep you from feeling free to be truly open. Some examples:

  • Volunteering with Sisters
  • Joining Sisters for prayer at a convent
  • Going on a weekend retreat where Sisters are present
  • Serving on a mission trip alongside Sisters

As the attraction begins to grow, there may be a specific community you feel drawn towards- their charism, prayer, community life, apostolate resonate in your heart. Take courage and reach out to that community to speak to the Vocation Director about your journey and to ask for guidance.

Learn about other religious communities from all over the country.

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As Sisters of Life, we have found that those women ready to attend a Come & See Retreat:

    • Are spending time with the Lord in prayer.
    • Are not currently in a dating relationship.
    • Are in good health (physical, mental, emotional).
    • Have been vibrantly practicing the Catholic faith.
      For recent converts, we recommend waiting 3 years after entering the Catholic Church before beginning the process of discernment, to deeply live the graces of the sacramental life.
    • Have experienced living in freedom from struggles such as drug use, alcohol abuse, and sexual struggles for 2-3 years.
    • Are at least 18 years of age.
We welcome you to fill out the form below and look forward to being in touch!

VOCATIONS RETREATS

Come & See Retreats

For more information, please fill out the Vocational Inquiry Form and indicate interest in the Come & See Retreat, and we will be in touch with you.

– The fall Come & See retreat will be held in the New York area, November 7-10, 2019.

Discernment Retreat

For more information, please fill out the Vocational Inquiry Form and indicate interest in the Discernment Retreat, and we will be in touch with you.

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