Vocations

Why I Want to Find Out if I Should Be a Sister

10366290_10153831768887162_6912289560158061522_nBy Kristin Forgotch, candidate for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

Have you ever wondered why some young women today consider becoming a Catholic sister when they have many possibilities for their life’s work?

I’m one of those young women. Honestly, at the beginning, I was not quite sure either, and it scared me to even think about it.

When the idea of maybe becoming a sister first crossed my mind right before Lent 2014, I thought I would just attend an extra weekend Mass and the idea would go away,

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Why I Am Choosing To Discern a Vocation as a Religious Sister

By Sarah Harbaugh, candidate with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

For 10 years I fought the feeling that God was calling me to religious life. God’s call was loud and clear, but I had every excuse to why I wasn’t being called.

I attended Catholic school for 12 years and had the privilege to have two amazing teachers who also happened to be sisters. One sister invited me to consider religious life, but I wasn’t ready to accept the invitation then. I wasn’t even ready to admit to people that the thought had crossed my mind.

Reflections on Pope Francis’s visit to Washington, D.C.

By Sister Krystal Funk

In this Year of Consecrated Life, it made sense that novices such as myself from every religious order of men and women in the U.S. would be invited to the papal Mass Wednesday in the nation’s capital.

The occasion was the canonization of 18th-century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis did not speak to the novices and seminarians, just greeted and blessed us. In his homily, he talked about how God calls both lay and religious people to bring the Gospel to others with joy.

A Guatemalan Village’s Long Walk to Justice

By Sisters Dani Brought and Kris Schrader

Last week, we walked the Way of the Cross from the Guatemalan village of El Carrizal, San Pedro Ayampuc to La Puya, the entrance to a controversial gold mine that has prompted a now three-year-long nonviolent resistance protest at the site.

We walked 3 miles with the men, women and children who live nearby and have carried out that peaceful protest.

Walking the way of the cross, Guatemala

Along that route, from their town to the mine’s entrance, we prayed the Way of the Cross, connecting their experience of exploitation and human rights abuses with that of Jesus,