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Midwest Province of the Augustinian Order
The Augustinian Order of Priests and Brothers is an international community represented in 50 countries. It traces its spiritual roots to St. Augustine, a 5th century Bishop and Doctor of the Church. The Midwest Province in the U.S. was established in 1941. The Augustinians value prayer, community life and ministry. Ministries of the Augustinians include: Catholic secondary education, University education, parish ministry, foreign missions, care for the sick and elderly, hospital chaplaincies, counseling and retreat ministry. In Augustinian spirituality, love of God and of neighbor are the same. Augustine writes in the very beginning of his Confessions, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” Augustinian life is a shared journey to God, a life of contemplation and action, prayer and service
CONGREGATION OF CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (CFC)
You may be wondering, just what is a vocation, more specifically a vocation as an Edmund Rice Christian Brother? First and foremost it is about your faith life, your relationship with God and Jesus Christ. It is important to remember that you are not defined by what you do, but who you are. For a Christian Brother it is who he is, his Catholic faith, his following of charism of Blessed Edmund, which inspires him to do. And in that doing that his relationship with God grows. Yes, there are steps you must take to become a Brother; there are vows, ministry, and living in community. We can discuss all of these with you. If you are think your faith journey is calling you to a closer relationship with God, to ministry for others, the next step is simple, just contact us – there’s no obligation -- we would be happy to discuss how your faith journey may be leading you to a vocation as an Edmund Rice Christian Brother.
Contact: Br. Jim McDonald, CFC (email@example.com) www.edmundricebrothers.org
CONGREGATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (S.S.S.)
Province of St. Ann
The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament was founded in Paris, France, in 1856 by Saint Peter Julian Eymard, the Apostle of the Eucharist. Since that time, our Priests and Brothers have continued the mission begun by St. Peter Julian Eymard. Like him, we want the Mystery of the Eucharist to be loved and lived in its fullness. As religious Priests and Brothers, we daily adore the Blessed Sacrament, celebrate the Eucharist, pray the Divine Office, administer parishes, teach, write, sanctify God's people with the sacraments, and center our lives on God's love revealed in the Eucharist. We have communities in Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, New York City, San Antonio, and Tampa. Come, join our mission! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGREGATION OF THE MISSION (C.M.)
Crosier Fathers and Brothers, U.S.A. Province of St. Odilia
We are Crosiers – vowed men called to embrace and proclaim the Cross of Jesus Christ through our lives of community, prayer and ministry to help the people of God find hope in suffering and joy amidst struggle. We are members of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, one of the Roman Catholic Church’s oldest orders of religious men. We Crosiers ‘Live for God Alone…Together’ as we follow the Rule of St. Augustine in our community life. Our “being” Crosier together, our fidelity to the public celebration of the liturgy of the Church, and our rich contemplative prayer life form a substantial part of our ministry to the Church. Our modeling unity, love, and reconciliation together through the ups and downs of our communal lives create a living ministry and witness to the world. Crosiers minister out of our community life with diverse gifts to various needs of the Church and society, including education, chaplain service and pastoral ministry. The U.S. Province of this international Order of priests and brothers is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, with Crosier communities located in Onamia, Minnesota and Phoenix, Arizona. The international headquarters is in Rome, and Crosiers also live and serve in several locations in Europe, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Indonesia.
Contact: Father Dave Donnay, osc, email@example.com
DIVINE WORD MISSIONARIES (S.V.D.)
As Divine Word Missionary priests and brothers, we are men of prayer and faith, serving where the Gospel has not yet been preached, or where the local church is not yet viable. Each of us is involved in a particular, unique ministry as we spread the Word of God. There are over 6,000 of us ministering in over 70 countries worldwide. As one of the largest international missionary congregations in the Catholic Church, we believe that His Mission is our Mission. Our steady growth is a result of our response to the changing needs of the Church and the people we serve. Internationalism, education and professional skills are the foundations of our Society. Our international and multi-cultural communities are a witness to God’s Kingdom. We offer five formation programs: Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa; an Associate Program for college graduates; Brother Formation Program; our Novitiate is in Techny, Illinois; and Divine Word Theologate in Chicago. For more information contact: www.svdvocations.org.
Order of Friars Minor, St. John the Baptist Province
The Franciscan Order was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi over 800 years ago. His vision was simple: witness to the Gospel by living in fraternity observing holy obedience and chastity, without appropriating anything to oneself either as an individual or as a community. In 1844, Archbishop John Baptist Purcell asked Franciscan Friars from the Tyrol in Austria to come to Cincinnati to assist with the German speaking immigrants. And so Saint John the Baptist Province began. Quickly our numbers increased and we ministered in Oldenburg and Lafayette, IN; Emporia, KS; Bloomington, IL; Detroit, MI; and Chatham, ON, Canada. By the turn of the century our outreach included the Navajo Reservations in New Mexico and Arizona and, soon after, the Pueblo Reservations and Hispanic communities in New Mexico. Later, missionaries went to China and the Philippines and, more recently, Jamaica. Today we serve in 10 states from Pennsylvania to Arizona, Michigan to Louisiana, and in the Philippines, Japan, and Jamaica. Our ministries presently include parishes, hospital and academic chaplaincies, inner-city outreach, preaching, teaching, nursing, and evangelization. Franciscan Media (formerly Saint Anthony Messenger Press) continues to preach the Word through St. Anthony Messenger Magazine, and through other printed and electronic media. True to Saint Francis’ vision, our ministries continue to evolve according to the needs of the Church and the talents and abilities of the Friars.
FRANCISCAN FRIARS, CONVENTUAL (O.F.M. Conv.)
The Conventual Franciscans are the oldest of the three existing branches of the First Order of St. Francis. The word Conventual is derived from the Latin convenire, “to come together”; hence we live together in “convents” or friaries. We take seriously the words of St. Francis, "And the Lord sent me brothers". Like all Franciscans, we are called to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in poverty, chastity and obedience, but we place special emphasis on our communal life. Our Order is spread throughout the world, and includes about 4500 priests and brothers who are all commonly called Friars. There are five provinces in North America, and a jurisdiction in the UK and Ireland. We wear a black or gray habit with a simple three-knotted cord representing our Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. The Spiritual Center of the Order is in Assisi, Italy, where our Friars care for the Basilica of St. Francis, which includes his tomb. In addition, the Conventuals are the Vatican confessors at St. Peter’s Basilica. In Christ’s name, we continue the ministry of healing so fundamental to the understanding of Saint Francis.
FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE ATONEMENT (S.A)
Franciscan Friars of the Atonement have long been leaders in the worldwide ecumenical movement to heal divisions within Christianity. Today, the Friars mission of "at-one-ment" includes dialogue among Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists; serving the homeless and those suffering from alcoholism, drug addictions, and HIV/AIDS; preaching the gospel in parishes around the world, and offering respite and hope to those in need of spiritual renewal. In the tradition of St. Francis of Assissi, we offer a prayerful communal life with active service to the Church in the United States, Canada, Japan, Italy and England. Inquire about our "Come and See" programs offered each year in March and October.
Contact the Vocation Office, Graymoor, Garrison, NY 10524
800.338.2620 x 2126 and 845.424.2170 fax
GLENMARY HOME MISSIONERS
Glenmary Home Missioners is a Catholic society of priests and brothers, who, along with coworkers, serve the spiritual and material needs of communities throughout Appalachia and the South. Glenmary brings a Catholic presence to counties where less than three percent of the population is Catholic. A significant percent of residents are unchurched and the poverty rate is twice the national average. For more information, contact Br. David Henley, PO Box 465618, Cincinnati, OH 45246; 800-935-0975 , firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit our webpage www.glenmary.org.
HOSPITALLER ORDER OF ST. JOHN OF GOD (OH)
Our Order is present in over 50 Countries serving the needs of the sick, poor, and abandoned. We are Brothers who take a fourth Vow "Hospitality" which calls us to commit ourselves to care for the sick unconditionally.
MARYKNOLL FATHERS AND BROTHERS (M.M.)
A community of 580 priests and brothers, Maryknollers work as missionaries in 32 countries around the world: in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Russia and the Middle East.
Maryknoll was established by the U.S. Bishops in 1911 as a society of secular priests and lay brothers to be an overseas mission expression of the Catholic Church of the United States. Maryknollers are grounded in faith in Jesus Christ, particularly in the context of his mission: “Then he told them, ‘Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation!’” (Mark 16:14-15); and “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice” (Matt. 6:33). Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers engage in a variety of different ministries among people they serve, most of whom are poor people in Third World countries. Ministries include: parish ministries, teaching, setting up schools, social action and community development, health care, developing basic Christian communities, justice and peace, assisting refugees, etc. We witness to the Gospel by responding to people’s concrete needs.
MISSIONARIES OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD (C.P.P.S.)
Founded in 1815 by St. Gaspar del Bufalo, in Italy, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood is a religious society of priests, brothers and lay associates. Their charism is to offer the redeeming, healing power of the blood of Jesus to the whole world. They are called to preach and witness the Good News and are known for being down-to-earth. Their sense of charity and hospitality extends to all, especially those who are considered lost or hopeless by the rest of the world. Members of the Cincinnati Province, part of a worldwide Community of missionaries, are pastors, preachers, educators, chaplains, and are attracted to many ministries regardless of their chance of success. They serve in Ohio, Indiana, Florida and California.
MISSIONARIES OF THE SACRED HEART (M.S.C.)
Founded in 1854 by Fr. Jules Chevalier, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart are an international congregation of Brothers and Priests who are sent to bring the unconditional and healing love of the Heart of Christ to all people. The Spirit of the M.S.C. is shaped by a desire to share the compassionate love of Christ through all our works. We serve in parishes, schools, chaplaincies in hospitals and prisons and other ministries. More than 1,800 M.S.C. are active in over 50 nations. The U.S.A. Province has a mission in Colombia, South America. Centered on the Spirituality of the Heart, special retreat programs lead people to healing through the love of the Heart of Christ. “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere.” Following the inspiration of the Founder we evangelize all people to respond to God’s love for us by loving others through the life of the Church.
MISSIONARY OBLATES OF MARY IMMACULATE, UNITED STATES PROVINCE (O.M.I.)
Serving the poorest and most abandoned in over 70 countries, the Oblates are a Congregation of priests and brothers sent to preach the Good News. Called “specialists in difficult missions,” we are committed to carrying the Gospel to others in the spirit of St. Eugene de Mazenod. We fulfill our mission through living in community among those whose condition cries out for the salvation and hope which only Jesus Christ can fully bring. In our mission we are dedicated to Mary Immaculate who is our patroness and serves as our example of answering the call to bring Jesus to the world.
PAULIST FATHERS (C.S.P.)
The Paulists -- the first community of priests founded in the United States by an American, Servant of God Isaac Thomas Hecker. We are an active community serving parishes and campus ministries in the United States and Canada. Our priests lead parish missions and retreats, communicate through Paulist Press and Paulist Productions. We reach out to young adults through Busted Halo® Ministries. We specialize in ecumenical and interfaith dialog, and reconciliation with inactive Catholics. Email: email@example.com
Congregation of the Passion, St. Paul of the Cross - Eastern Province
The Passionists of the eastern part of the U.S. work collaboratively with the laity and other religious in sharing their charism in various ministries: Seven parish sites along the eastern seaboard, five retreat centers, a media ministry, and three overseas missions (Haiti, Honduras and the West Indies). We also live in vibrant prayerful communities sharing quality time together, and joining in periodic regional days for mutual support and growth. Initial formation and education are shared with the western province in a common novitiate and theologate.
Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, Denver Province
The Redemptorists are a Missionary Congregation of Brothers and Priests, founded in 1732 by St. Alphonsus Liguori. We are an Apostolic Community dedicated to Preaching the Good News to the poor and the most abandoned. We are a world-wide congregation, working in 77 countries with 5200 members. The Denver Province, with 200 members, encompasses the western 2/3 of the US. We have 26 communities engaged in a variety of apostolic works, including: parish ministry, parish mission preaching, ministry to immigrants/migrants, African-American ministry, retreat houses, shrine ministry and spreading devotion to Mary under the title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. We minister in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Khmu, Laotian, Thai and to the hearing impaired. We also have foreign missions in Brazil, Nigeria and Thailand. We are constantly being challenged by our foundational Charism to find new ways to evangelize and to reach out to the poor and the most abandoned.
Web Site: www.redemptoristvocations.com
Address: Vocation Office Denver Province, 389 East 150th Street, Bronx, NY 10455
Cell No. (718) 664-5360 for Brother Lawrence J. Luján Angel, C.Ss.R.
Cell No. (718) 362-0135 for Father Tat Hoang, C.Ss.R.
Clerics of St. Viator, Province of the United States
The Clerics of St. Viator are an international congregation of priests and brothers sent by the Catholic Church to teach the faith and proclaim Jesus Christ as Gospel. In parishes, schools, and a variety of ministries, Viatorians work with Christian communities to live, deepen, and celebrate faith. The Viatorians were founded in France shortly after the French Revolution by Father Louis Querbes, a pastor at Vourles, near Lyons. The first permanent Viatorian settlement in the United States was organized when Canadian Viatorians arrived at Bourbonnais, Illinois in 1865 to serve the French Catholics of the Kankakee River area. Today the Viatorians of the Chicago Province (85 priests and brothers) minister in eight states in the U.S., Belize and Colombia.
ADORERS OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST (A.S.C.)
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ are courageous, confident, and committed women and we invite you to join us. As Adorer-Apostles we are called to engage in the ongoing process of transforming the world into “that beautiful order of things which the great Son of God came to establish in His Blood,” as our Foundress, St. Maria De Mattias, put it. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ are consecrated to Jesus’ redeeming love, and we strive to be His reconciling presence in our wounded world. We are a community of 325+ religious women throughout the United States and four foreign nations performing the healing ministries of education, environmental work, health care, pastoral work, social justice, and spiritual development. Our international congregation serves in 19 countries on all the inhabited continents. Are you a courageous, confident, committed woman? You can make a difference as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ.
For more information, log onto www.adorers.org or contact Sr. Lori Benge at 1-877-236-7377 ext. 1455 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ADRIAN DOMINICAN SISTERS (O.P.)
Sisters of the Order of St. Dominic
APOSTLES OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS (A.S.C.J.)
The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were founded in Viareggio, Italy, in 1894 by Clelia Merloni. Clelia propelled the life of the Apostles into the heart of the Church by dedicating the Congregation to the loving Heart of Jesus. The motto of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: The Love of Christ Impels Us, summarizes the moving force of their lives. Apostles spread devotion to the Sacred Heart by lives of compassion and holiness. As consecrated women of the Church, they imitate the life of Christ in the world today through education, health care, pastoral ministry, social services, human development, and missionary activity. An international Congregation, they serve in Italy, Albania, Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, Benin, Mozambique, Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Haiti, the Philippines, and the United States.
For more information, please contact Sr. Colleen Smith at email@example.com or visit our website at www.ascjus.org
BENEDICTINE SISTERS (O.S.B.), ROCK ISLAND, IL - ST. MARY MONASTERY
Both contemplative and active, we are called to prayer, community, and work using our gifts. We serve in spiritual direction, retreats, parish work, pastoral care, campus ministry, education, social work, community work, and outreach to the poor. We operate Benet House of Retreats as our corporate ministry. We invite you to take time to stroll through our wooded grounds and reflect on God’s call to you. Watch the ducks paddle around the lake and the deer graze on the hill. Come to prayers and meals. Talk and laugh with the sisters. Just come to make a retreat and enjoy the contemplative setting. “Listen with the ear of your heart.” Join us on your vocation journey. You may feel one step closer to home. Contact: Sr. Bobbi Bussan, OSB at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-283-2300. Connect with us at www.smmsisters.org and on Facebook.
BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF CHICAGO (O.S.B.)
We are Benedictine women called to seek God in prayer and community, serving where there is need. We sponsor an academy for young women and serve the church and society in a variety of ways. We work in education, social service, pastoral ministry, spiritual development and health care. We minister to persons who are elderly, homeless, and mentally ill, and participate in efforts to achieve more humane immigration policies. We have taken corporate stands to oppose exorbitant military spending, to abolish the death penalty, to oppose torture, and to stop trafficking. Together we pray for peace and justice in our world. Underlying all we do is the desire to live the Gospel command to love God and neighbor. Women 21-50 who wish to seek God in an active monastic community by living a balanced life of prayer and work are invited to contact us. Sr. Benita Coffey, O.S.B., Vocation Minister, 7430 N. Ridge Boulevard, Chicago IL 60645 (773-764-2413, ext. 327)
BENEDICTINE SISTERS (O.S.B.) - Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, IN
We are monastic women who choose to seek God in community. If you feel you have a religious vocation to serve the people of God in community, call us at (317) 787-3287 , ext. 3032. As Sisters of St. Benedict, we follow a monastic way of life. Prayer and community come first in our lives. We live the Benedictine tradition of seeking God through prayer, work, and hospitality. We are engaged in the work of God through various ministries. We also serve one another by living in a community characterized by warmth, honesty, vitality, and joy. We welcome single, Catholic women, ages 20-45, who are experiencing a call from God; who desire to live the Gospel; and who have a capacity to be generous and compassionate.
Contact: Sr. Jennifer Mechtild Horner, 1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Find us at: http://www.benedictine.com
BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF CULLMAN, AL
The Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama embody the spiritual wisdom and monastic tradition of St. Benedict through lives of prayer and ministry. We strive to deepen our relationships with God, with one another, and with all of creation through ageless monastic disciplines such as humility, silence, community living, and obedience. Inspired by the Gospel and the Rule of St. Benedict, each Sister utilizes her God-given talents in roles such as ministers in local parishes, as retreat and spiritual directors, as teachers and administrators in Catholic schools, in legal and medical professions, and in Community administration. Our community of 45 members encourages single women, ages 20-45, who sincerely seek God and a balanced life of prayer and work to learn more about the monastic way of life and our community by exploring the pages of our website or by contacting Sr. Magdalena at email@example.com or (256) 734-2199 . www.shmon.org
BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF DULUTH, MN
The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota are monastic women who seek God together in community. Our lives, centered around Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours, are grounded in liturgical and personal prayer, in lectio divina (prayerful reading of Scripture) as the foundation for our ministries balanced with time for study and leisure. Guided by the Gospels and the Rule of Benedict, our ministries and common life allow our Sisters to utilize their various gifts and talents. In addition to sponsoring the College of St. Scholastica and the large Benedictine Health System, our Sisters are also work in parish ministry, teaching at all levels, the arts, retreat work, counseling and spiritual direction. We invite women interested in our way of life to come to visit during one of our Discernment Weekends, to arrange for a longer stay during the summer or to apply for our volunteer residential Associate program. For more information or to arrange a visit or to receive a copy of our film “Sing a New Song”, contact Sister Mary Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-723-6646 . See our web site, particularly the “Join Us” section at www.duluthbenedictines.org.
BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF ERIE, PA (O.S.B.) - MOUNT SAINT BENEDICT
Visit the monastery where the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, a community of women monastics, choose to follow the Rule of Benedict as a guide in their communal search for God. The community strives to integrate community life, contemplative and liturgical prayer, silence, ministry, simple living and balance. The sisters lift their hands and voices in public witness to the global issues of world peace, nonviolent conflict resolution, sustainability of the earth, and justice, especially for women and children. The community is committed to opening their home and hearts, building community, sharing their resources, and ministering to others. Do you want to be a part of this community? Sr. Marilyn Schauble, O.S.B., Vocation Director, invites you to contact her at 6101 East Lake Rd, Erie, PA 16511; (814) 899-0614 ext. 2424
Visit our website: http://www.eriebenedictines.org
BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF FERDINAND, IN
The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, are monastic women seeking God through the Benedictine tradition of community life, prayer, hospitality, and service to others. Their mission statement says: “By our life and work, we commit ourselves to be a presence of peace as we join our sisters and brothers in the common search for God.” They were founded in 1867 by four young Benedictine sisters who came from Covington, Kentucky, to teach Ferdinand's German settlers. Today their 160 sisters minister in education, parish ministry, health care, counseling, retreat and spirituality work, and social services. They serve in Indiana, Kentucky, Peru, and Rome, Italy.
BENEDICTINE SISTERS (OSB), WATOWN, SD - MOTHER OF GOD MONASTERY
We are a community of 55 monastic women (3 women in initial formation) living in the peaceful prairie land of rural South Dakota. We are called to seek God joyfully in community. We respond to the needs of others through our ministries, our prayer, our advocacy and our hospitality. Currently our sisters are involved in teaching, health care, pastoral care, parish work, prison ministry, ministry to immigrants and Native Americans, spiritual direction and retreats, ministry to the elderly and environmental stewardship. We invite women who desire to seek God to journey with us. We offer several discernment retreats throughout the year. Visit our website: www.watertownbenedictines.org and www.discernersdiary.blogspot.com. Like us on Facebook, or contact Adrienne Kaufmann, OSB, vocation director, or Alicia Haich, Vocation Coordinator for Young Adults at 605-886-4159.
CENACLE SISTERS (r.c.)
Cenacle Sisters are active women with contemplative hearts, called to live and pray in union with each other for the sake of the mission. We do this principally through retreats, religious education, and other forms of pastoral activity whose aim is to awaken and deepen faith. This is done most often in places of retreat, in people’s homes, in centers for spiritual direction and religious development, and in parishes. In addition to sisters, there are lay members, vowed and non-vowed, who share in the Cenacle mission and charism.
The Congregation of Notre Dame is an international community founded by St.Marguerite Bourgoeys to follow the Gospel in the spirit of Mary in the Visitation.The Sisters seek to live the mission of liberating education, faithful to the lifeand witness of St. Marguerite in today's world. We commit ourselves to respond to the needs of the poor, excluded and oppressed. We labor actively to protect our planet and to participate in the transformation of church and society for a more just world.
Visit us at www.cnd-m.org or contact us at email@example.com
CONGREGATION OF SISTERS OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (O. CARM.)
The Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are a pontifical institute of women religious who currently minister in south Louisiana, the Diocese of Joliet and the Philippine Islands, with a new foundation beginning in East Timor. They are heirs to a rich tradition of contemplative prayer, community life and service as members of the Order of Carmel. The special charism of the congregation is an orientation to a life of prayer and service in union with Jesus, in whom continual prayer and action coexist harmoniously. They are nourished by contemplative prayer, community and devotion to Mary, a woman of simplicity and faith. Their prophetic call as Carmelites moves them “…to be in active ministries that help bring about a more peaceful, just and loving world.” In keeping with their mission statement, these active ministries include education, health care, parish ministry, retreat and spiritual direction, social work and social services.
CONGREGATION OF ST. AGNES (C.S.A.)
The Sisters of St. Agnes participate in the mission of Christ by joyful service in the church, always aware that we, too, are among the needy and are enriched by those we serve. As an apostolic community, we are committed to transformation of the world, the church, and ourselves through promoting systemic change for the quality of life; justice for the economically poor; furtherance of the role of women in church and society; mutuality; inclusivity; and collaboration.
Contact: Sr. Jean Hinderer
CONGREGATION OF ST. JOSEPH (C.S.J.)
Sisters of St. Joseph, LaGrange
The Sisters of St. Joseph of LaGrange desire to be a prophetic presence in a diverse world. Rooted in God and our mission of unity, we believe that relationship is at the heart of who we are and who we are becoming. We desire to move toward greater inclusivity that reflects the interconnectedness of all creation, reverences diverse cultures and religions, and directs our choices in ministry, community living, and corporate decisions. We are pastoral ministers, artists, musicians, teachers, social workers, spiritual counselors, and advocates for peace, justice, reconciliation, and sustainable development of the earth.
CONGREGATION OF THE MISSIONARY BENEDICTINE SISTERS (O.S.B.)
The Missionary Benedictine Sisters were founded in 1885 by Fr. Andreas Amrhein. We were founded as a missionary society to spread the Good News to those who do not know Christ or where Christ is not sufficiently known.
The charism of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters' life is:
- A particular way of living the Gospel and is rooted in the Rule of St. Benedict
- Seeking God in community, under a rule and a superior - including praying and working together, sharing our goods, living in mutual service, support, and encouragement
- Characterized by the Liturgy of the Hours in common and lectio divina
- Proclaiming the Gospel among people who do not know Christ and where Christ is not sufficiently known.
DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY (D.C.)
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul: We are women of prayer. As Daughters of Charity, our contemplation of the Gospel calls us to be rooted in Christ, to rely upon Divine Providence, and to open our hearts to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We praise and thank God together at morning and evening prayer; and, we participate in the Eucharist each day. We are reflective women who share the insights that God has given us in prayer, challenging one another to more fully answer the Gospel call of love. Our founders, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, believed that the Daughters of Charity should live in Community for the sake of the mission. We share in the common tasks of daily living, placing our diverse gifts at the service of our Sisters. We work together to create an environment in which we can celebrate, support, challenge and strengthen one another. There are about 23,000 Daughters of Charity who serve in 95 countries; about 950 Sisters minister here in the United States. Blessed with this legacy of love and dedication, we strive each day to make our tradition a reality through finding Christ in those we assist and with whom we work. Respect for the dignity of each person permeates our daily ministries. While assisting others as teachers, health care providers, social workers, advocates for those in need, parish associates, as well as many other roles we assume each day, our focus is always the same: that our brothers and sisters who are poor be served and that the message of the Gospel be proclaimed with joy.
DOMINICAN SISTERS OF SINSINAWA (O.P.)
Want to spend some time with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa and get to know them better? You’re invited to spend a short time, a weekend or some days to pray with us, eat with us, work with us, discern a possible call to religious life with us in our home at Sinsinawa, WI. There you will witness the faithful living of vows, the beauty of our community and ministry, and the graced life of our interconnectedness. If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Jeri Cashman, OP firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRINGFIELD DOMINICAN SISTERS OF SPRINGFIELD (O.P.)
Sisters of the Order of St. Dominic
The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, hold the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the heart of their ministry. This congregation of about 230 women is committed to the traditional "pillars" of the Order of Preachers: prayer, common life, study, and preaching in word and deed. Two distinctive aspects of Springfield Dominican life are a commitment to living in community and to the Dominican tradition of chanting the Liturgy of the Hours. Sisters serve in the United States and in Peru, with formation programs in both countries. They are actively involved in collaborative projects with other Dominicans in the U.S. and around the world, including Zambia, Nigeria, Slovakia, and Iraq.
FELICIAN SISTERS (C.S.S.F.)
FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF CHICAGO
FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
The mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is to be a transforming presence in society through witnessing Gospel values. They strive to be prayerful women of faith, prophetic vision and courage. There are 100 Sisters serving the poor and empowering others to live the gospel with hope and joy. The Sisters serve in 14 states and 22 dioceses in the United States in pastoral care, education, health care, youth ministry and social services. As Franciscans, the Sisters are committed to care of the environment and have chosen Franciscans for Earth as a corporate focus. In the words of one of their foundresses, Mother Ernestine Matz, “There is no place too far, no service too humble, and no person too lowly.”
Email: email@example.com, website: www.franciscansisters-olph.org.
FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF PERPETUAL ADORATION (f.s.p.a.)
We are a community of vowed Franciscan women centered in Eucharist, committed to be loving presence through prayer, witness and service. We are sent as Jesus was sent to manifest God's love in the world; to bring new life, meaning and hope to a suffering and searching humanity; to heal with compassion and forgiveness; to proclaim the Gospel in word and action.
Through perpetual Eucharistic adoration, we offer God continuous praise and thanksgiving before the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar. Nurtured and strengthened by Jesus' presence, we live out this adoration in our daily lives as we strive to help those in need.
Through our more than 300 sisters, 200 affiliates, 100 prayer partners and the 6,500 people working in our sponsored ministries, our work is far-reaching--beyond borders both real and imagined.
Call or email us: 1-888-683-FSPA or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find FSPA on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!
FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEART – FRANKFORT , ILLINOIS (OSF)
We, the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, are called by God to live the Gospel life after the manner of Francis of Assisi as women religious. We joyfully embrace our vowed life in community which is sustained by our personal and communal prayer and sisterly love. We respond in a prophetic way to the needs of others through our ministries of education, healing and service. We are missioned in Indiana, Illinois, California, West Virginia and Brazil (in South America).
SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS, SYLVANIA (O.S.F.)
Our beginnings brought us to northwest Ohio to teach. Over the 90 years of our existence lifestyles and customs have changed, but our desire to live the Gospel message in the Franciscan tradition remains constant. The courageous act of responding to God’s call to serve the ever-changing needs of God’s people has taken us out to 19 dioceses, 12 states, and the island of Haiti—not only into education—but into health care, pastoral work, justice and peace efforts, and ministry to the materially and spiritually poor. As Franciscans, it is not about “what we do”, but “who we are in what we do” that gives expression and life to living the Gospel message. We are diverse in our gifts and talents as we witness to God’s love by being rooted in prayer, strengthened by community life and focused on our mission. Feel the joy! Live Franciscan! For further information, please contact us:
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THE SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS OF PENANCE AND CHARITY (O.S.F.), Tiffin, OH
The Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, OH, along with their associates, desire to live the Gospel in an intentional way. They are committed to Franciscan values of care for creation, a special love for those who are poor, peacemaking, and a deep contemplative life from which their ministry flows. These values drive their sponsored ministries: elder care, child care, environmental education and community supported agriculture, carmelretreats and spiritual direction. They are actively engaged in peace and justice ministries primarily in the United States and Mexico. Hospitality, simplicity and joy characterize their relationships with one another in community and the way they share the Good News with others. Founded in 1869 to meet a local need for orphan and elder care, the Tiffin Franciscans continue to minister in response to the current needs of the Church and the world. For more information, contact: email@example.com.
SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS OF THE HOLY CROSS (O.S.F.)
As Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross rooted in the Cross, Word, and Eucharist, we value simplicity, hospitality, and prayer. Guided by our vision to further the reign of God, we compassionately respond to the needs of our times through education, healing, and related ministries that uphold human dignity, pursue peace, and promote Gospel justice.
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SISTERS OF ST FRANCIS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (OSF)
The Sisters of St Francis of the Immaculate Conception are women called by God to bring God's compassionate presence to our world. We strive to be women of prayer and community whose lives contradict society's stress on individualism, materialism, and dominance over others. We are an evangelical community serving the kingdom of God through a variety of ministries, primarily through healing and education.
SISTERS OF ST FRANCIS OF ROCHESTER, MN (O.S.F.)
The Franciscan Sisters of Rochester believe as St. Francis did: that we are all brothers and sisters, one family under God. With a rich spiritual heritage and the strength of prayer and community, we choose ministries guided by societal needs and the call to justice. You will find us across the United States and in Bogotá, Colombia, in inner cities and rural areas, responding to the call to justice and peace; we are teachers, nurses, spiritual directors, artists, writers, administrators, religious educators, counselors, social workers, therapists, and healers of creation. We believe in the empowerment of women and the worth and dignity of every person. We learn as we teach, are healed as we heal others and are changed as we pray and act with compassion. We hope to join with others in creating with compassion a just and loving global community.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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GOOD SHEPHERD SISTERS
Good Shepherd Sisters are a worldwide congregation of apostolic and contemplative sisters located in 71 countries. We strive to approach each person with the same care of Jesus, the Good Shepherd who left the 99 sheep grazing on the hillside in search of the one that was lost. We are guided by the principle that, “One person is of more value than a world.” Through contemplation and action our mission of reconciliation impels us to act with justice and peace. We take a fourth vow of zeal, the heart of our Good Shepherd vocation. This leads us to search out the wounded, those left behind by the world. We minister in all areas of human and social services, and work for systemic change that condemns some to live marginalized lives. We have a particular focus on the needs of women and children.
Email: Christine Alvarez email@example.com
Good Shepherd Sisters Vocation www.goodshepherdsisters.org
Good Shepherd of North America www.goodshepherdsistersna.com
HOLY SPIRIT MISSIONARY SISTERS (S.Sp.S.)
The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters are an international congregation of women ministering in 47 countries. As an international missionary community of about 3,500 women, we are called to share the Good News of Jesus and witness to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the world. Called by the Spirit, we are sent to people of diverse cultures, religions, and social/ethic backgrounds. Wherever possible we live in international/intercultural communities. We participate in the mission of Jesus through education on all levels and in different types of schools, through health care, in parish ministry, retreat work and spiritual direction, communication and media, counseling and social services, work with the elderly and especially with women who are pushed to the margins of society.
Web site: www.ssps-usa.org
Congregational web site: www.worldssps.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSpS Missionaries
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY SISTERS, MONROE, MICHIGAN (I.H.M.)
We are a progressive, visionary faith community of 400 sisters, as well as 125 associates, and volunteers who join our God quest leading us along new pathways today. We are called to “Live the Liberating Mission of Jesus,” and that mission has evolved and grown in response to the pressing global, social, and ecological injustices in our world. Those needs offer us various opportunities in ministry, including traditional and nontraditional education, justice advocacy, parish and social work, spirituality and sustainability throughout the United States and in South Africa, Puerto Rico and Mexico. We build community that sustains us as individuals, as sisters and as interdependent members of the entire community of life. We are willing to take risks for the sake of the future and trust in divine providence. Contact us at our Membership Office.
THE INSTITUTE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (I.B.V.M.)
The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, founded in 1609, is an apostolic community of Catholic women present in 26 countries across six continents. We live our Ignatian spirituality of “contemplatives in action” cherished by our founder, Mary Ward. In prayer we seek to discern and embrace God’s desire in today’s changing and challenging times. We believe that women have great gifts to offer in promoting freedom, justice, and integrity within church and society. The place of women in society is a central concern. We serve in educational, pastoral, and social ministries as parish ministers, religious education directors, teachers, spiritual directors, counselors, campus ministers, caregivers to women in need, and ministries among immigrants. With a single-hearted love we hold ourselves open and ready to undertake whatever is for the greater glory of God and the good of those we serve. Visit us at www.ibvm.us or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY SISTERS
The Little Company of Mary Sisters is an international Marian congregation, called and gifted to be a compassionate presence in the healing ministries and responding to emerging needs around the world. Founded in 1877 in Nottingham, England, our name and mission were inspired by Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the “little company” of faithful followers who remained with her at the foot of the cross on Calvary, offering Jesus and Mary their compassionate presence. Venerable Mary Potter, our Foundress, wrote, “We all have a power within us for doing good.” She urges us to tap into our own unique gifts and talents to make a difference in our world by integrating prayer in all our ministries. We are called to companion people in their search for hope, health and healing amidst their brokenness of body, mind or spirit through healthcare in hospitals, extended care facilities, home care and hospice. We are also active in parish ministry, chaplaincy, spiritual direction, outreach programs, foreign missions, administration and leadership.
Web sites: www.lcmsisters.org
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR (l.s.p.)
The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan. Together with a diverse network of collaborators, we serve the elderly poor in over 30 countries around the world. Continuing the work of Saint Jeanne Jugan, our MISSION is to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself. Our VISION is to contribute to the Culture of Life by nurturing communities where each person is valued, the solidarity of the human family and the wisdom of age are celebrated, and the compassionate love of Christ is shared with all. We Live and minister togather in international communities.
MARYKNOLL SISTERS (M.M.)
Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic
The Maryknoll Sisters are women religious missionaries whose passion is to seek God's love and compassionate justice wherever we are. As our founder, Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, once said: "Each of us has seen her own star and had the grace to follow it. Our stars-- a vocation to the foreign mission--led us to Maryknoll" to serve in Jesus' name. We go to other lands crossing boundaries of culture, religion and race. Today, with a membership of approximately 600 women of varied cultures and nationalities, we are in 30 countries worldwide. Our communities are ordinarily small, multicultural and multigenerational. The ministries that we engaged in are varied depending on the skills and gifts each Sister has and the realities of the people we are sent to. We respect the culture of the people and try to adapt ourselves to their customs and aspirations as we journey with them in the search for truth, justice, and "life in abundance." Come and share our mission-- our blessings.
MEDICAL MISSION SISTERS (M.M.S.)
We are an international missionary congregation. Healing, in the spirit of Jeasus the Healer, is the essence of our charism, the heart of our identity. TO BE A HEALING PRESENCE gives us no choice but to take seriously the enormous suffering in our world. In solidarity with those made poor we take on their concerns, interests and struggles. In promoting the justice that is essential to healing, we work together in grassroot communities as well as policy-making bodies and in many pioneering efforts. We do this through all manner of healing ministries, in ways that bring people and our earth to healtlh and wholeness. We are nurses, physicians, teachers, midwives, counselors, liturgists, community organizers, lawyers, artists, theologians, practitioners of holistic health, and more. For us God is the sacred center at the heart of life, the holy ground in which our daily life is rooted. Our yearning for God is one with our hunger for the transformation of the world. Scripture is our primary source of reflection and meditation. Prayer, time for solitude, communal participation in liturgy are essential to support life and nurture our spirit. Our MMS Community is a way to encourage and give courage to one another. Through our international membership, we understand relationship as a core human experience and witness to the oneness of the human family.We live simply, side by side with the people we serve.
MISSIONARY SERVANTS OF THE MOST BLESSED TRINITY (MSBT)
We are faith-filled, vowed women who have been called by God to be missionaries. We offer ourselves for apostolic ministry, at home and in other lands, as we meet the pressing needs of our day by undertaking works that the Church wants that are good and necessary and have a note of abandonment about them.
We announce the Gospel by proclaiming the Word of God and by upholding the dignity and rights of all people. We have an ardent zeal for the poor, for the desolate in all things spiritual, and for victims of injustice. Embracing the vision of our founders, we are dedicated and fully committed to the preservation of the faith and the development of a missionary spirit in the laity. We serve in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Contact: Sr. Olivia Montejano, MSBT, Sr. Mary Kay McDonald, MSBT, or Mrs. Maureen Masterson Carr at 215-335-7534 or email@example.com -- www.MSBT.org -- www.mcv3.org
POOR HANDMAIDS OF JESUS CHRIST (P.H.J.C.)
The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are an international congregation of apostolic religious founded by Catherine Kasper in Dernbach, Germany. We minister with the poor, the sick and children in the United States, Mexico, Germany, England, the Netherlands, India, Brazil and Kenya. In the American Province we live the spirit of Catherine Kasper as Sisters, Associate Partners and a sister community, known as the Fiat Spiritus Community. With prayer and community living as our foundation we minister in rural, urban and inner city settings in the Midwest. Focused on partnering in the work of the Spirit, we invite others to join us in various facets of education, pastoral and social work, neighborhood based health ministries, spiritual guidance and care for the environment. We are recognized more by the love and simplicity with which we serve than by any particular ministry.
RELIGIOUS OF THE SACRED HEART (R.S.C.J.)
The Religious of the Sacred Heart are women who serve the mission of discovering and making God's love known in the heart of the world through the service of education. Founded in 1800 by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, a woman of keen intellect, deep compassion, and joyful spirit who dedicated her life to educating women in post-Revolutionary France, the Society today has members in 41 countries. In the U.S., we live out our educational mission in a wide variety of settings, including high schools and colleges, artists' studios and parishes, medical and legal facilities, social agencies and shelters. Building relationships and developing leaders among people from all walks of life are at the heart of our vocation. We share life together in small communities and seek, through prayer and contemplation, to be drawn ever more deeply into intimacy with God, who is always alive and active in our hearts and minds and who challenges us to make choices for justice and peace in response to the Gospel and the needs of the world.
http://www.rscj.org - http://www.rscjinternational.org - https://www.facebook.com/ReligiousOfTheSacredHeart
RELIGIOIUS OF THE SACRED HEART OF MARY (R.S.H.M.)
The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary is an international congregation of Catholic women religious founded in 1849. We serve in 13 countries on four continents in diverse ministries. We have taken to heart the words of Jesus, "I come so that all may have life." We seek to direct our prayer, ourselves, and our resources to those areas where life is vulnerable, opportunities are scarce, and human dignity is threatened. We are ordinary people with an extraordinary calling--to live generously in the love of Jesus, finding the face of God in the beauty and the anguish of this fragile world. We minister in education, social work, pastoral care, retreat work, health care, law, advocacy for justice, and the arts. We invite women discerning a call to religious life or considering a volunteer program to visit our website www.rshm.org,view our videos at www.youtube.com/user/RSHMCHANNEL, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReligiousOfTheSacredHeartOfMary.
For further information, please contact us at 914-631-8872 or email one of our Vocation Directors: Sr. Anna Maria Lionetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sr. Cathy Deubel at email@example.com.
For information on the Volunteer Program, contact Susannah Bourbeau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOOL SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME (S.S.N.D.)
Founded in Germany by Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, School Sisters of Notre Dame are a vibrant international congregation of vowed apostolic women with nearly 3400 members, living and ministering in 35 countries. We are women of hope, committed to bringing Jesus’ message of love and unity to our world. Our life in mission integrates prayer, community life and ministry. Believing that our international presence gives us a unique global responsibility, we address urgent needs of our time, particularly those of women, youth and those who are poor. Engaged in a variety of ministries, we are educators at heart, believing the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. Some of our ministries include formal education, social services, parish and retreat ministry, health care and missionary service. Visit us at www.ssnd.org or contact us at email@example.com.
SCHOOL SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS (S.S.S.F.)
The School Sisters of St. Francis are an international community of nearly 1,000 Franciscan sisters and associates, whose vision is a world transformed through peace, justice and love. Our mission is to live the Good News of Jesus and witness to the presence of God as we enter into the lives and needs of people around the world, especially those who are poor. We strive to be a source of new life, new meaning and new hope. Our sisters and associates serve in Europe, Latin America, India and the United States. We have founded many ministries over our history in response to the needs of the times. Some of these ministries now operate independently, but remain part of our enduring legacy. In the United States Province our sisters and associates work in 24 states to address specific needs in education, holistic wellness and healing, pastoral ministry and spiritual growth, social justice and social services, and the arts. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds, and stages of life to consider partnering with us to share their talents with others in need. Visit www.sssf.org or contact Sister Beth Ann Baricevich, Vocation Minister, 708-865-6990 or firstname.lastname@example.org You can also find us on facebook: www.facebook.com/schoolsistersofstfrancis
SCHOOL SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS OF CHRIST THE KING (S.S.F.C.R.)
Our Congregation numbers 1100, in eastern Europe, South America, and Africa, as well as in North America. In our United States province there are fewer than 50 Sisters, who know each other well and together strive to support and challenge each other to continually grow in our commitment to prayer, community, and service to God and God’s People so to make present God’s Kingdom on earth, with this as our Vision: Rooted in Gospel values, our tradition and our heritage, and listening attentively to the Spirit, we respond to the call of the Church and our community. With our gifts and our limitations, together as Franciscan women, we walk into the future with hope and a passion for possibilities.
Contact: Sr. Mary Terese Giblin
SERVANTS OF THE HOLY HEART OF MARY
The Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary are an international religious congregation of women. This is our province identity statement: We are Women of the Annunciation. We hear Gabriel’s greeting, “Do not be afraid.” And we, like Mary, honestly question our life, our times and our future. We are discerning women, pregnant with promise, who face the unknown with a spirit of innovation. We believe that in true dialogue with the world, the Church and each other, we will experience the fulfillment of the promise: “Behold, I make all things new!
SISTERS OF BON SECOURS USA
In 1821, Bon Secours became the first community of sisters to provide continuous nursing within the homes of those who were suffering. Our vision and mission: to defend all life and creation and alleviate suffering; to bring a message of hope and “GOOD HELP” to those in need. Our faith-filled communities draw others to our charism of compassion, healing, and liberation. Community life and shared prayer balance our life of ministry as we contribute to a more humane world integral to spreading the Gospel. We minister in health care, retreat ministry, pastoral, social and human services, housing, education, etc. Continuing foundress Josephine Potel’s innovative spirit, we bring healing and wholeness beyond walls of tradition in rural areas and cities in the USA, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Peru and South Africa
For more information: www.bonsecoursvocations.org
View Sisters Blog at:http://www.bonsecoursvocations.org/category/blog
Inquirers, "Join" us on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52749821796
"Like Us" on Facebook:facebook.com/BonSecoursVocations
Follow Sr. Pat Dowling on Twitter:http://twitter.com/patthenun
Volunteer Ministry site: www.bonsecours.org/bsvm
Watch the video about our mission in South Africa.
Contact: Sr. Patricia Dowling, CBS
Phone: 410.442.3172 or 877.742.0277
SISTERS OF CHARITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, DUBUQUE, IOWA (BVM)
We are the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dubuque, Iowa. We follow in the footsteps of our Irish foundress, Mary Frances Clarke, who answered God’s call to serve immigrants in the United States more than 175 years ago. We continue to respond to God’s love by serving wherever needed. We find strength in our faith in God, in one another, and with the people we serve. Our core values of freedom, education, charity and justice guide our lives and choice of ministry. Some of our sisters are educators, pastoral ministers, counselors and advocates for the elderly and immigrants; others work in social services, healthcare and in prayer ministry. Our commitment includes joining with others to work for justice and to care for Earth. We have a strength that comes from appreciating the unique gifts of our sisters and encouraging one another to offer freely those gifts in service. Trust and a spirit of joy enliven our community of Catholic Sisters because God’s love frees us. This freedom calls us to honor diversity, to act against injustice, and to stand humbly before God with gratitude. We are the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Freed by Love, Acting for Justice.
Contact: Lou Anglin, BVM or Kathy Carr, BVM
For more information: www.bvmcong.org
Membership/Volunteer information: http://www.bvmcong.org/join.cfm
View blog at http://www.bvmcong.org/blog.cfm
“Like us” on Facebook: facebook.com/bvmsisters
SISTERS OF CHARITY OF LEAVENWORTH (S.C.L.)
The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth are women of hope. We are an apostolic community founded in Leavenworth, KS in 1858. We follow the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul; called to recognize Christ in the poor and marginalized. We serve in a variety of ministries in the West, Midwest, and Peru.
Email: Sister Vicki Lichtenauer, Vocation Minister, email@example.com
SISTERS OF CHARITY OF NAZARETH (S.C.N.)
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Western Province
Mission Statement: "We Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are and international Congregation in a multicultural world. Impelled by the love of Christ, in the tradition of Vincent de Paul and the pioneer spirit of Catherine Spalding, we and our Associates are committed to work for justice in solidarity with oppressed peoples, especially the economically poor and women, and to care for the earth. We risk our lives and resources, both personally and corporately, as we engage in diverse ministries in carrying out this mission."
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCNs) are an apostolic congregation serving in the United States, Belize, India, Nepal and Botswana. Founded in Kentucky in 1812, the SCNs were the third congregation of women religious founded in the United States. Led by a young, compassionate and fearless leader, Catherine Spalding and her Sisters responded to the most urgent needs of the Kentucky frontier. Following in the footsteps of their foundress, the SCNs continue to serve in diverse places, ministries and ways in order to meet the needs of our times. SCNs invite women, ages 18-45, exploring their call to learn more by visiting our website:www.scnfamily.org.
Contact Sr. Nancy Gerth at 502-31-4516 or PO Box 10, Nazareth, KY 40048 for more information.
SISTERS OF CHARITY OF CINCINNATI
"True to the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Margaret Cecilia George, and all who share our heritage, we Sisters of Charity are called to be faith-filled women of the Church. Like Elizabeth we are called to be vitalized by Scripture and Eucharist; with her we are called to fidelity to the Church, to reliance on the Spirit and to life through love and friendship. We vow our lives to our God with whom we walk in humility, simplicity and charity. As pilgrims we pray for the wisdom to know the needs of our sisters and brothers and we dare to risk a caring response." We welcome women who are beginning to explore a religious vocation to live and minister with us at the U.S.-Mexico border!
Contact: Sister Monica Gundler, Vocation Coordinator (513) 535-1624
SISTERS OF CHARITY OF SETON HILL (S.C.)
Prayer, service, and life in community are the primary principals upon which the sisters carry out their mission which is to reveal the reality and beauty of God’s love to people in need. Cherishing the gifts of creation, we affirm the virtues of humility, simplicity and charity remembering the God is ever present. In the spirit of our scripture call, “The Charity of Christ Urges Us,” the sisters administer and staff educational institutions from preschool through university levels; serve in Christian formation; chaplaincy counseling, pastoral and social services. We are musicians, liturgists, lawyers; advocates for the poor, the immigrant, and underserved. We are represented primarily in the Dioceses of Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Arizona, as well as New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York, and Florida. Contact us through Sr. Barbara Ann Smelko, S.C. and Sr. Yong Son Kim, S.C. at Seton House International, 4933 W. Patterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60641, 773.205.1822 x205 and 209. Check out our website at www.scsh.org and our facebook page “Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill Vocation and Retreat Ministry.”
SISTERS OF THE HOLY REDEEMER (C.S.R.)
The Sisters of the Holy Redeemer are compelled to bring the healing presence and compassion of the Redeemer to those who suffer in body, mind and spirit. We strive to be witnesses of hope and joy as we serve Jesus in the vulnerable. Our inspiration flows from our relationship with Jesus, our Redeemer as we follow the example of Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger who founded the congregation over 160 years ago on the principal that “Love of God and love of neighbor are but one single love.” Through our sponsorship of the Holy Redeemer Health System, we provide healthcare, social services, and pastoral care, with a special emphasis on older adults, women and children.
Contact us: Vocation Ministry Office (215) 914-4109; e-mail: vocations@HolyRedeemer.com; website: www.SistersHolyRedeemer.org
SISTERS OF THE LIVING WORD (S.L.W.)
We are a diocesan Catholic religious congregation. Our name is our mission. We draw our strength and design for a meaningful life from the Word of God, Christ himself. Our Apostolic work flows from our prayer, is nurtured by the Eucharist and is driven by the needs of the people around us. We educate in Catholic school, parish ministries and other educational forums. We advocate for people and all of life by networking with peace and justice organizations. We help people through retreat work and spiritual direction and in healing ministries. Our areas of ministry are from Minnesota to Louisiana, Florida to Texas with our headquarters, north of Chicago, in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Contact: Sr. Colette Fahrner, S.L.W.
SISTERS OF THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD, O'Fallon, Missouri (CPPS)
The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Missouri is a community willing to dare to dream. Founded by Mother Theresa Weber in 1845 in Switzerland, the Sisters responded to the signs of the times by perpetual adoration in reparation for the sins of the world, by feeding the poor and hungry, and by teaching children. Today we strive to be a reconciling presence in a world torn apart by war, terrorism, abortion, family conflicts, lack of respect for the dignity of each person, etc. We dare to believe that each person is as “precious as the Blood of Christ” and we strive to be Jesus’ reconciling presence in whatever ministry our talents call us to serve. If you are a Catholic woman age 18-45, we invite you to dare to dream and serve with us for a future full of hope.
SISTERS OF MERCY (R.S.M.)
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are an international community of Roman Catholic women vowed to serve persons who suffer poverty, sickness, and ignorance, with a special concern for women and children. Founded by Catherine McAuley in 1827 in Dublin, Ireland, Sisters of
Mercy address human misery through collaborative efforts in education, healthcare, housing, and pastoral and social service. In addition to meeting the needs of people today, Mercy seeks ways to change the social and political systems that create the problems. From grassroots letter-writing campaigns and socially responsible investing, to witnessing for justice and praying for peace, Mercy takes action. Sisters of Mercy are joined in their mission by lay women and men who serve as administrators and staff in Mercy sponsored and co-sponsored facilities, and by Mercy Associates, Companions in Mercy, and Mercy Volunteer Corps members.
SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR (SNDdeN)
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, women with hearts as wide as the world, make known God's goodness and love of those living in poverty through a Gospel way of life, community and prayer. Continuing a strong educational tradition, we stand with the poor, women, and children. We commit ourselves to work with others to create justice and peace for all. As an international religious community, founded in 1804 by St. Julie Billiart and Françoise Blin the Bourdon, we continue their mission today in Africa, Europe, Japan, North and South America. Our ministries include: education, parish and youth ministry, spiritual direction/counseling, and other developing ministries which respond to today's needs. Notre Dame Associates and Notre Dame Mission Volunteers also share our charism.
SISTERS OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (PBVM)
Presentation Women are committed to following the work of their foundress, Nano Nagle, by continuing to serve the poor in the ministries of education, social/pastoral ministry, health care, religious education, immigration work, foreign missions, spiritual direction and retreat ministry.
SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE (S.P.)
Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
Founded in 1840 by Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin in Réuille, France, Sisters of Providence honor Divine Providence and further God's loving plans by devoting ourselves to works of love, mercy, and justice in service among God's people. We are courageous women of faith committed to effecting positive change and creating hope for the future. We act boldly on our convictions through diverse ministries, including eco-justice, and anti-racism, often stretching or breaking expected boundaries and creating hope for all of God's people. We have nearly 400 sisters in our Congregation and we serve in 21 states, the District of Columbia, Taiwan, China and Singapore.
SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF ROCHESTER, NY (S.S.J.)
We are a community of women committed to the radical message of the gospel and the reconciling love of Jesus. We define our lives through prayer, community, and service to those in need. We strive to respond to those needs with compassion, creativity and courage by using our individual and collective gifts in a variety of ways. We are hospital administrators, principals, teachers, social workers, artists, nurses and nurse practitioners, drug and alcohol counselors, pastoral counselors, community organizers, spiritual directors, parish administrators, pastoral associates, peace makers, outreach workers, lawyers, realtors, doctors, secretaries, musicians, college professors, missionaries in Brazil and Alabama, directors of soup kitchens, chaplains in prisons, youth workers, and much, much, more...We are pray-ers and workers for unity and reconciliation in a struggling and hope-filled world.
We also invite young adults to join us in our life of prayer, community, and service through the Sisters of St. Joseph Volunteer Corps. We have short term experiences and 6 full time yearlong volunteer positions with stipend, health insurance, AmeriCorps Education Award and communal living options.
Contact Sr. Donna Del Santo SSJ, for more information at 585-733-4422
SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF THE THIRD ORDER OF ST. FRANCIS (SSJ-TOSF)
The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, founded in 1901, are a Franciscan congregation of over 300 members dedicated to Gospel living and to the spiritual and material development of the human family, especially the minores. Located in 14 states and 3 countries off the mainland, they serve in diverse ministries, i.e., pastoral work, education, health care, and community services. Some sisters live in the three congregational homes in the Midwest. Other live singly or in groups that support their ministries. All sisters belong to local community groups that join together for prayer and mutual support.
SISTERS OF THE RESURRECTION (C.R.)
The Sisters of the Resurrection are a small, international community founded by a mother and her daughter in 1891. The community was founded in Rome, Italy but within a few short years spread to many countries. The Sisters’ main ministries are education and health care.
Today the Sisters serve in the US, Poland, Italy, White Russia, England, Canada, Argentina and Tanzania.
Email: Sister Kathleen Skrocki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SISTERS, SERVANTS OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, SCRANTON, PA (I.H.M.)
URSULINE SISTERS (O.S.U.)—ROMAN UNION
In the spirit of our foundress, St. Angela Merici, Ursulines of the Roman Union seek to live and make visible the counter-cultural Gospel values of Jesus. Ursulines serve throughout the United States and in 36 countries on six continents. We fulfill our mission today in varied fields: education on every level, pastoral ministries, social services, and outreach to immigrants, children, the elderly, prisoners and those who are homeless. In whatever work we are engaged, we seek to affirm and bring hope to all we meet.
For more information, contact: Sr. Jean Hopman, OSU email@example.com or Sr. Elisa Ryan, OSU firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website: http://www.usaosu.org and vocation blog http://backlitwithjoy.wordpress.com/
URSULINE SISTERS OF MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH (O.S.U.)
We are Ursuline Sisters sustained by prayer and vowed life in community, who proclaim Jesus through education and Christian formation. Founded in 1874 in western Kentucky, our core values remain Prayer, Service, Empowerment, Justice, and Contemplative Presence, in the spirit of our founder, Saint Angela Merici. We minister in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Louisiana, New Mexico, Washington, D.C., and Chile, South America. Our focus is in four areas: Education, from primary grades to college; Church ministry; Social Outreach and Justice Advocacy with the poor, children, the elderly, immigrants, and the homeless; and ministries of Body, Mind, and Spirit. We sponsor two institutions, Brescia University, and the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center. More than 500 Ursuline Associates join us in prayer and ministry.
To explore your vocation as an Ursuline Sister, contact Sister Martha Keller, (270) 229-4103, ext. 212; by e-mail at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org; 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356. Visit our websites at www.ursulinesmsj.org and www.msjcenter.org.
CALUMET COLLEGE OF ST. JOSEPH, IN (CO-SPONSOR)
COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS, WORCESTER, MA
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY CHICAGO (CO-SPONSOR)
LEWIS UNIVERSITY, ROMEOVILLE (CO-SPONSOR)
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO (CO-SPONSOR)
NOTRE DAME COLLEGE OF OHIO, CAMPUS MINISTRY
ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY, JOLIET (CO-SPONSOR)
ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE, RENSSELEAR (CO-SPONSOR)
ST. NORBERT COLLEGE, DEPERE, WI
ST. THOMAS MORE NEWMAN CENTER
ST. XAVIER UNIVERSITY, CHICAGO
Saint Xavier University is Chicago’s oldest Catholic University—founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846; it is one of 16 Mercy colleges and universities across the country. Originally founded to educate women and the poor, our students are a microcosm of the 21st century workforce, with a population that is 40 percent minority and among the most diverse in the City of Chicago. The Office for University Ministry encompasses the Department of Campus Ministry, the Office for Mission and Heritage, the Center for Religion and Public Discourse, MercyCare, collaborations with the Archdiocese of Chicago, outreach to the local community, and connects to the University’s academic ministry programs through the Pastoral Ministry Institute. Campus Ministry provides resources and opportunities for religious and spiritual growth; all are welcome to participate in reflection and prayer, service and social justice projects, small faith sharing and study groups, retreats and leadership opportunities.
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, CALVERT HOUSE
Community living program that offers a young adult volunteer service program sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
CABRINI MISSION CORPS
Cabrini Mission Corps is women and men responding to the Church’s universal call to holiness through service to others in partnership with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cabrini Sisters). In the spirit of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, missioners strive to be in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the world, especially poor and marginalized women, children, immigrants, refugees and the elderly. Cabrini missioners live and share in community with Cabrini Sisters for a period of 10 months to 2 years while serving full-time in Cabrini missions in the US and worldwide. They desire to collaborate with the Cabrini Sisters in being bearers of the love and mercy of Jesus in every situation in which they minister.
CHANGE A HEART FRANCISCAN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program is a 12-month service experience that empowers young adults to live simply in community while serving a vulnerable population. Located in Pittsburgh, Pa., Change A Heart inspires and mentors young adults in the Franciscan spirit so they develop skills to intentionally live out lifelong Gospel values of modeling justice, peacemaking, hospitality, and caring for the earth and all creation by providing direct essential services among those who are marginalized in southwestern Pa. For more information email Galen at email@example.com.
DOMINICAN VOLUNTEERS USA
Dominican Volunteers USA searches for new frontiers for the faith by inviting men and women to walk with us in mission as volunteers. Together, we respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers, especially those who are poor and marginalized. We live out the Dominican mission of proclaiming the gospel through our ministry, common life, prayer and study within a diverse, intergenerational community.
Through our ministerial and community partners, volunteers are mentored to be strong lay leaders for the future of the Church.
SSJ MISSION CORPS
The SSJ Mission Corps is a year-long volunteer program in the city of Philadelphia for young adult women. Volunteers are invited to open themselves to being challenged and transformed as they work for justice and reach out to meet the needs of the "dear neighbors"; growing to understand the deeper meaning of "One Year to Change a Life." While living in community volunteers focus on justice, spirituality, and simple living. You give us one year, we'll give you a deeper understanding of yourself, your neighbor, and God. Volunteers serve the urban poor and marginalized in Philadelphia, live in community with fellow volunteers, and take time to reflect on their service experiences with one another, and challenge each other in prayer and living out the Gospel mission.
VINCENTIAN LAY MISSIONARIES
The Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) is a collaborative effort of the Daughters of Charity, lay women and men throughout the United States, and members of the Vincentian Family in Ethiopia and Kenya, to involve young adults in the mission of serving those who are poor and most abandoned. The Vincentian Lay Missionary Program offers an opportunity for Catholic young adults, ages 21-35, to travel to Ethiopia and Kenya to serve in the Vincentian tradition. Embracing the core pillars of prayer/reflection, community, and ministry, the program provides a four week experience which requires simple living, a flexible mindset, reflective lifestyle, other-centered spirit, and service commitment. For more information, check out our website at vlm-usa.org.
CHICAGO ARCHDIOCESAN VOCATION ASSOCIATION (CAVA)
Vocation Discernment Opportunities in the Chicago Area:
CHARIS MINISTRIES, Chicago and Cincinnati
Charis Ministries provides opportunities for spiritual growth in the Catholic tradition for young adults, ages 20-40, utilizing the gifts of Ignatian Spirituality.
ECHO, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
Echo holistically forms young adults to be ministerial leaders through a two-year, service-ministry apprenticeship, life in intentional community, human and spiritual formation, and a tuition-free M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Echo apprentices spend two summers at Notre Dame, and two academic years (August through May) providing direct service to Catholic parishes in one of our partner dioceses through a variety of catechetical ministries (such as RCIA, Youth Ministry, Adult Faith Formation, and Social Justice Ministry), all while living in an intentional faith community with other Echo apprentices.
NATIONAL RELIGIOUS VOCATION CONFERENCE (NRVC)
The National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) is a professional organization of vocation ministers that presents religious life as a viable option in the Catholic Church. NRVC promotes vocation awareness, invitation, and discernment to life as a religious sister, brother, or priest. NRVC reflects all forms of religious life and provides educational opportunities, resources, and other supportive services for spiritual, professional, and personal growth. NRVC is the only national organization in the American Church to promote vocations and to be of service to religious vocation directors and their institutes. Because of its unique mission, the USCCB recognizes NRVC as the official religious vocation conference in the U.S. Today the NRVC has an annual membership of almost 1,000 women and men who support vocation ministry.
ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF ALBANY, NEW YORK