Showing posts from August, 2018

Called to Marycrest

(This is my farewell blog post, which will also be my last one).

On September 8th, 2018, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I will be entering as a Postulant with the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate in Monroe, New York. I have been seriously discerning a vocation to the religious life for the past several years, and have been officially accepted and preparing for entrance since March 2018. My discernment journey has had its ups and downs and ebbs and flows, but I feel truly blessed to soon be entering the convent, and I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life. I am overcome with joy and excitement to finally be able to serve Christ in a contemplative-missionary religious community with a charism in imitation of the Sacred Heart of the Good Shepherd through visitation to parish families and religious instruction.

You can follow the happenings of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate on their Facebook page and website.

As this is my last blog post, I will be leaving b…

100 Questions to Ask When Visiting the Convent

*This list is only a suggestion to provide a Questions Bank for women discerning religious life

1. Does your community follow ALL of the teachings of the Catholic Church?

2. What kind of classes are required for formation? College classes? Doctrine? Theology? Spirituality? Etc.

3. What kind of books are required for your formation to read?

4. What kind of magazines, newspapers, etc. does your community enjoy reading?

5. What does your community do for recreation? How often?

6. Do those in formation have recreation separate from the professed sisters?

7. Is their daily Adoration? If not, how often?

8. What are some devotions that your community members pray together? Individually?

9. How do your community members feel about the hot topics of gay marriage, abortion, climate change, immigration/migration, the death penalty, the poor/marginalized and women ordination?

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Crisis in Religious Vocations?

"Today the Lord continues to call others to follow him. We should not wait to be perfect in order to respond with our generous “yes”, nor be fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord. To listen to that voice, to discern our personal mission in the Church and the world, and at last to live it in the today that God gives us".
-Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2018 World Day of Vocations

There has been much hype these days around the "crisis" in religious vocations. I agree that there are definitely fewer numbers of younger women entering religious communities, but can we truly say that there is a vocation "crisis"? A "crisis" would mean that there are no young women entering religious communities, no young women in formation, no young women that are perpetually professed, and that majority of religious communities are dying out leaving behind nothing but the ashes from the glorious da…