Talking to a Sister may help you clarify your call. Making that first contact with a religious congregation is a big step in your discernment. Our Vocation Ministers talk to discerning women frequently and have been through this process themselves. They are here to journey with you every step of the way.
Think of your Vocation Minister as a guidance counselor or a mentor. She will be with you on this journey to listen, accompany, support, encourage and provide you with the resources you will need to fully explore the potential of religious life. Ultimately, she can help you discover who God is calling you to be and where you can best serve God with your own gifts and talents.
A Vocation Minister will listen deeply and actively to gain insight about your life’s story and how God is working in you. As you get to know each other, she will invite you to share more about:
As your Vocation Minister listens to what you share with her, she will accompany you and support you by:
Your Vocation Minister is like a tour guide. She will introduce you to the congregation and help you get to know the community and our sisters. While you are on your ‘tour,’ you will experience the spiritual and community aspects of Dominican life, and you will begin to explore the history of our Dominican Order. During this time of getting to know the community, she may invite you to:
Finally, throughout this journey of faith and discernment, you and your Vocation Minister will continue to listen to the Holy Spirit for guidance.