Posted by: L. E. Barnes | June 7, 2011

Vocations Discernment

Ladies, have you ever considered entering the religious life? Could the Lord be calling you?

What is it like for parents who have children who discern that they have a religious vocation? In this short video, the mother and father of a young lady who decided to enter the religious life share their experience:



  1. yes, with 2 daughters, we have thought and invited both to think and discern the religious life. We hear other parents talking about being grandparents and all, but to me, that is not important. It is the calling of my children.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • With couples tending to have small families nowadays, there seems to be more resistance to the idea of their children becoming priests or religious, since they fear not having grandchildren. And even some Catholic parents will strongly pressure their kids not to pursue the priesthood or religious life. Glad to know that some, such as you, are open completely to God’s will.

  2. I often stumble upon stories of priests and religious – how they were in the world for awhile but somehow discerned the call of God to the consecrated life. Many of the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter have very interesting stories and were in interesting or unusual occupations before entering the priesthood.

    The same can be said of some of the more vibrant orders of nuns, including cloistered Carmelites. However, it would be good for the Church if not only parents but pastors promoted the religious life from the pulpit and actually sponsored something like “Vocations Week” at their parishes where the faithful could be exposed to the calls God gives.

    Most religious communities have “discernment” sessions for interested people. The real key in families is to live in the world and not of the world so a child is open to this way of life.

    • Some dioceses are trying to do that. Ours, for instance, is sponsoring monthly vocations holy hours. Family support is crucial, especially nowadays with both the vocations shortage and the unwillingness of many parents to see their children choose the priesthood or religious life.

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