Emmaus Discernment Group

Like exercise and study groups, discernment can be better and easier when you are not alone. In this program, you will meet other women on the discernment journey and some Dominican Sisters of Peace. You will also learn more about religious life in our monthly online video chat via Zoom. Each interactive session focuses on a specific topic suggested by the women in discernment. A sampling of topics include:

+ discernment
+ community living
+ prayer
+ relationship with God
+ maintaining relationships with family and friends after entering religious life.

Sisters from our Congregation join us to share their experience and wisdom during these sessions.

The benefits of sharing and learning in a group about religious life are many. These monthly calls help you build relationships and community with fellow discerners and Sisters.

Two Sisters who participated in both a prayer and discernment group found these experiences helpful in discerning their call to religious life.  Sr. JoAnn Hohenbrink, OP, (left) and Sr. Diane Kozlowski, OP, (right) comment below on what helped them to identify whether their vocation was really God’s call to religious life.

Sr. Diane shared: “I don’t know if I asked for a sign, but I did have a lot of conversation. I talked with friends, I talked with Sisters who were in the community, and I prayed with a prayer group that I was a part of.”

Sr. JoAnn said: “I talked to Sr. Diane [Kozlowski] because Diane and I were at the university at the same time, a year apart. Diane and I were in a group together, where young women talked about the possibility of vocations, and how to be part of a broader group, and how God is in our lives.”

We look forward to being with you on these dates when we discuss the following topics:

+ December 10, 2021 — What rules do Sisters follow? Exploring the Constitutions of the Dominican Sisters of Peace and the Rule of St. Augustine
+ January 14, 2022 — Deepening our relationship with God
+ February 11, 2022 — Call to discipleship and my personal vocation
+ March 11, 2022 — Ministry: how someone is missioned for a ministry, reading the needs of our times, and inter-congregational relationships for the mission
+ April 8, 2022 — Community life: blessings, challenges, and assumptions
+ May 13, 2022 — Vows of obedience, celibacy, and poverty
+ June 13, 2022 — Decoding the application process
+ July 2022 — (Date to be determined); What happens once someone enters a congregation and managing friendships
+ August 12, 2022 — Stages of formation


For more information about this group, please contact Sr. Bea Tiboldi, OP.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)