Our Formation Team
Sister ana chiara
From Porterville, CA
Sister christine marie
From Minneapolis, MN
Sister Mary thomas
From Denver, CO
Our Way of Life
For Love Alone
Tell us about you
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Requirements to Enter?
- Age: 18-40
- High School diploma
- Sound physical, mental, and emotional health
- Fidelity to the Holy Father and the Catholic Church
- Command of the English Language
- Docility to learn and be taught
- Positive disposition and ability to get along with others in a multi-cultural community
- Desire for a simple life in the spirit of Saint Francis
- Willingness to embrace a life of on-going conversion
- Zeal to proclaim the Gospel
- Openness to the gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Generosity in responding to the call of God
I want to enter but I’m over 40- what should I do?
It is rare that an exception is made to our age limit for entrance due to the time it takes for formation, and the nature of living out our life and apostolate. There are several communities which do accept belated vocations, (search ReligiousLife.com), or you also have the option of living as a consecrated virgin, or as part of a hermit community.
I feel the call, but it’s not time yet. What can I do to prepare myself to live religious life?
Here are some things you can do: 1)Prayer- have a daily personal prayer time, reading the Scriptures, pray the Rosary or another private devotion. Be sure to ask the Lord, “What plan do you have for my life?” 2)Frequent the Sacraments-reconciliation (at least monthly) and Mass (daily if possible) are a great aid in receiving the graces you need to stay close to the Lord. 3)Find a spiritual director- either a priest/confessor, or a trained lay person or religious Sister or Brother. Meeting to discuss your aspirations and hearts deepest desires is so helpful as a means to grow. 4)Find the healing you need-If you know there are areas that you need to deal with in order to find healing-spiritually or emotionally- this is the time. There are several solid ministries which have developed retreats and seminars where you can find the healing you need in order to enter into religious life with freedom and stability. Here are two to start:
JPII healing center (Tallahassee, FL) http://jpiihealingcenter.org/ (see also Healing the Whole Person retreat:http://jpiihealingcenter.org/index.php/events)
Heart of the Father Ministries (Neal and Janet Lozano)
(Authors of Unbound book) http://www.heartofthefather.com/heart-of-the-father-ministries/
I have a chronic health condition- will this prevent me from entering?
Having sound physical, mental and emotional health is crucial for religious life, since we live an intense schedule of prayer, community life, and an active apostolate. In our poverty, we cannot provide financially for medical bills. Most chronic conditions requiring on-going medical care and monitoring would prevent you from entering our religious community. There are other options for living a consecrated life for those with chronic health conditions, such as living as a consecrated virgin.
Can I apply right now?
Do you have times to visit?
We have Come and See retreats scheduled 3 times during the year, usually during Spring Break, Summer, and November. If these opportunities don’t work, we’re open to finding another time where you can come on your own.
What resources can help me discern?
Three Books by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV
Discerning the Will of God
The Discernment of Spirits
The Examen Prayer
An Undivided Heart Sr. Evelyn Ann Schumacher, OSF. Institute of Religious Life. © 2008.
When God Asks for an Undivided Heart Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR. © 1995 Daughters of St. Paul.
Peter on the Shore Anthony Bannon © 1996
Religious Vocation, an Unncessary Mystery Fr. Richard Butler, O.P. © 1961, Reprinted 2005.
And You are Christ’s Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M., 1987;
What is Religious Life? Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M., 1991;
What Does God Want? Fr. Michael Scanlan, T.O.R., 1991;
For Love Alone: The Story of Women Religious Available on the website of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious: http://cmswr.org/
Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious: http://cmswr.org/
Institute of Religious Life: http://religiouslife.com
prayer for vocations
Pope Francis' Prayer For Vocations
LORD of the Harvest,
BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.
Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.
INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving—
for vocations blossom in the
good soil of faithful people.
INSTILL those in religious life, parish
ministries, and families with the confidence
and grace to invite others to embrace
the bold and noble path of a life
consecrated to you.
UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament,
so that we may cooperate
with you in building your reign of mercy
and truth, of justice and peace. Amen.
— Pope Francis
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