Discernment Resources

We hope the following links are helpful to you in your discernment. This page is updated regularly, so check back often. If you know of a link which may be helpful to others that isn’t listed, submit it here for consideration.  Other than sorting links into various categories, they are in no particular order, so be sure to look at them all.

Discernment Links

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Vocation Office
An Online Retreat:  Eight Days of Prayer for Women Discerning a Call to Become a Catholic Sister
ChurchVocations.com
Ministry Potential Discerner Updated December 8, 2015
Vocation Match
Office of Vocations, Diocese of Toledo
Vision: Catholic Religious Vocation Network


Other Links

Univeralis – Follow the liturgy of the hours on this website
Vocations Placement
National Religious Vocation Conference
Religious Formation Conference
United States Conference of Secular Institutes
Conference of Anglican Religious Orders in the Americas (Anglican)
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious
The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins
Benedictine Women of Madison – an Interfaith Benedictine Community
The Singing Nuns – This a sedevacanist community, but they do make beautiful music

Church Documents on Religious Life

Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life

“Essential Elements in the Church’s Teachings on Religious Life as Applied to Institutes Dedicated to the Works of the Apostolate”

“Inter-Institute Collaboration for Formation”
“Fraternal Life in Community”
“Verbi Sponsa:  Instruction on the Contemplative Life and on the Enclosure of Nuns”

Articles on Religious Life

“Catholic Sisters Overcoming Stereotypes” by Ann Rodgers-Melnick
“Exploring the Charism ‘Menu’ of Religious Life” by Sue Torgersen, CSJ
“Communities Must Welcome the Disabled” by Janice Mcgrane
On the Monastic Habit” by John P. Kelly
“Nuns live out an odd paradox…” by Sr. Diane Roche Updated December 8, 2015
“With Hearts Inclined: Theological and Spiritual Foundations of the Federation of St. Benedict” Updated December 8, 2015
“The Attraction of the Habit” by Sr. Joseph Mary Maximillian, FTI


Articles about Sisters or Nuns

Hold Your Holy Horses“- by Marion Amberg
Sister Helen Prejean” by John Bookser Feister
Mother Therese: My Friend, My Inspiration” by Marlene T. Elias
“Uncommon Fulfillment and Stability” by Patricia Lefevere
“Sisters in the Mountains”
“Today’s Nun has a Veil…and a Blog” by Tracy Schmidt and Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

Last Updated December 8, 2015

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