This week we are being visited by two daughters of the parish who are both sisters to each other and sisters. They also have another sister who is a sister but she is cloistered and was unable to join the reunion.
They were gracious enough to take a little of their valuable vacation time to come over to the rectory for coffee and chat and then visit our Vacation Bible School. It was very informative for me. We have a couple of young ladies interested in religious life and I have no idea how to provide them or direct them toward those things for which they are looking.
The one sister who is a Nashville Dominican said that they are becoming a bit more specific about who joins them because they have to. Their order is currently bursting at the seems. "Such was not always the case," she told us. After Vatican II they lost 40% of their sisters because of the direction they chose to take. But the fruits are paying off now as we can see by their numbers and the work that they do.
"Your women can come make a retreat with us to explore religious life. We understand that the are just inquiring and even if they think religious life is for them, we might not be the right fit. We will give them direction of other places they might want to explore. Nobody wants a vocation in the wrong place." You can find out more about them here.
Her sister, who is a who is a Sacred Heart Sister (Franciscan) offered similar opportunities. (These are the sisters that tended to John Paul II.) But she also told us about the Visitation Sisters. "They are for older women, widows, women with medical problems and the like." If you thought you were no longer eligible for religious life, this might be the place for you!
Find out more about the Sacred Heart Sisters here.
Find out more about the Visitation Sisters here.
See their conference website here.
See the diocese of Cleveland vocations website here.
After that we went on a tour of our Vacation Bible School. It was fun to see the look of awe on the children's faces as the sisters spoke to them about being a bride of Christ "and living with Jesus in our chapel." What a wonderful witness.
Thank you sisters everywhere for all that you do!