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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Passionist Nuns in the UK


I found this posting on the Phatmass Vocation Station Forum. For those of you considering monastic life, do check out the Passionist Nuns in UK if you're there!

God bless!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Guide: What are the CMSWR and LCWR Women Religious Organizations?

There are two canonically approved groups for women religious leadership of congregations:





Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)















After deciding to discern religious life the next step for a young woman is to decide which communities to visit where she thinks she may be called and to contact the vocation director. A young women needs to consider what she is looking for in religious life and that will help her to decide whether she would like to visit a CMSWR community, and LCWR community or perhaps a community that chooses to be in neither of those two organizations, such as the Sisters of the Community of St. John or the Benedictines of St. Scholastica Priory

What are the differences between the CMWR and the LCWR? 
*All information is directly from the CMSWR and LCWR websites


CMSWR 

Vision
The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious will be a collaborative body of life-bearing women religious committed to “the full flowering”* of religious life in the United States by placing our collective feminine genius** at the service of the Church and one another. CMSWR will be a wellspring of hope and a trusted resource for the ongoing revitalization of religious life and the new evangelization.


Core Values
Fidelity: Ecclesial women faithful to the Magisterium
A life-giving spirit: Nurturing with Mary the Church’s life and holiness
Commitment: Ongoing revitalization of religious life
Spirituality of communion: Engaging the truth of and being enriched by the beauty, unity and goodness of each charism


Mission Statement
General Mission
  • To establish an effective collaboration among major superiors
  • To cooperate closely with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and with individual Bishops
  • To nurture “a renewed appreciation of the deeper theological reasons for this special form of consecration”
Specific Mission
  • To provide a clear, stable and official channel through which major superiors, assisted by an Episcopal Liaison appointed by the Holy See, can share the vision, principles and directives of the Magisterium with regard to religious life (VC 52)
  • To provide a realistically viable and mutually helpful forum for participation, education and dialogue on the shared patrimony of the Church’s teaching on matters central to the mystery and reality of religious life as integral to the life and holiness of the Church (LG 44; VC 53)
  • To promote a unity among major superiors that will give testimony of hearts grateful for their vocation in the Church, their union with the Magisterium of Peter and their filial love of Christ’s Vicar on earth (VC 85)
  • To articulate the theology of religious life as a vocation nurturing the Church’s life and holiness
  • To assist in the revitalization of institutes of religious life and their participation within each particular church
  • To offer educational opportunities helpful to religious institutes


LCWR

Mission Statement

The purpose of the conference shall be to promote a developing understanding and living of religious life by:
  • assisting its members personally and communally to carry out more collaboratively their service of leadership in order to accomplish further the mission of Christ in today's world.
  • fostering dialogue and collaboration among religious congregations within the church and in the larger society.
  • developing models for initiating and strengthening relationships with groups concerned with the needs of society, thereby maximizing the potential of the conference for effecting change.
General Mission
We are ecclesial women, living in hope, rooted in the mission of Jesus.  We claim our prophetic role and inherent responsibility in the church by grounding all we are and all we do in a contemplative stance, by living in right relationship with all creation and being in solidarity with the global community.
We live in a world filled with the action of God’s creating love and are partners of that divine activity in a time when major social and global change creates both enormous challenge and significant opportunity. We recognize that technology shrinks time and distance, creating new ways of thinking and relating.  We experience the reality that growing inequity breeds oppression.  Unbridled consumption and unfettered capitalism imperil the common good and environmental degradation threatens all God's creation. We desire to understand and address root causes of systemic evil and work with others to meet global needs in a way that reflects the spaciousness of God’s abundant love in the world.
We abide in a church whose members experience a renewed call to live the heart of the Gospel. We commit ourselves to work with others to nurture a church that is a more inclusive, welcoming community, one that encourages meaningful expressions of faith and spirituality.  We seek to bring science, theology, and lived-experience into greater dialogue and desire to create safe, honest places for open exploration of the pressing questions of these times.  We have been nourished and sustained by our faith tradition and stand in solidarity with others who long to pass on a vibrant faith and rich tradition to succeeding generations. We desire strengthened relationships between church leaders and the community of the faithful and pray for genuine forgiveness and healing within the Body of Christ.
We lead congregations faithful to the call of the Gospel that attempt to bridge the tradition which grounds us and the future which calls us forward.   Our members are challenged to live their call on the margins of society, to welcome more ethnic and cultural diversity and honor shifting worldviews.  They yearn for a deepening of mutual respect and trust between women religious and church authorities and desire significant and sustained collaboration with the laity.  Their life and ministry is grounded in a contemplative stance that helps them face the significant shifts in demographics that hold substantial implications for them.  They experience major transitions in their lives, ministerial presence, and influence and, in some cases, the completion of their mission.  Within these realities, they rejoice in hope and promise as consecrated women and place their poverty with the richness of God’s action for the good of the world

Specific Mission

Embrace Critical Change

LCWR tends the evolution of religious life by:
  • accompanying congregations in their transformational stages. These include congregations that are immigrating to the United States, those needing assistance to fulfill their mission, those bringing their mission to conclusion.
  • creating spaces for deep conversations that articulate the essential and enduring values of religious life in a contemporary context
  • embracing and honoring an increasingly diverse membership within LCWR
  • attending to the internal organizational changes necessitated by shifting demographics.

Provide Skills and Resources for Contemplative and Anticipatory Leadership

LCWR accompanies leaders in initial and ongoing development as they navigate critical issues in the world, the church, and their religious institutes by:
  • providing programs and resources that prepare leaders for their ministry
  • tapping the wisdom of former leaders; gleaning the emerging wisdom of current leaders; and mentoring future leaders
  • preparing women religious for leadership in an emerging intercultural, global reality
  • partnering with organizations that strengthen women religious nationally and internationally

Stand for Social Justice in Response to the Needs of the Time

LCWR claims the moral imperative of the Gospel and pledges its collective voice, resources, and power in solidarity with others to:
  • establish economic justice
  • abolish modern-day slavery
  • ensure immigrant rights
  • promote nonviolence
  • protect Earth and its biosphere

Prayer
Pray in the silence of your own heart and listen to where you feel God may be calling you in religious life. Do you feel a tug on your heartstrings to enter a community with values of fidelity to the Magisterium, a life-giving spirit that calls one to holiness, commitment to the new evangelization, and spirituality of communion by recognizing and spreading the truth of the Gospels or do you feel more pulled toward a community that assists one another in membership as communities are being faced with transformations from within, calls for dialogue with regards to the Church community as a whole and more inclusiveness within the Church, and has a major focus on social justice issues? Perhaps you feel called to neither women religious organization and your heart is yearning for a more traditional community, one that prays in Latin and participates in the Latin Tridentine Mass, such as the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.



 Vocation Prayer
*Prayer #11 from the USCCB website 

Loving God,
Is it I, Lord?
Are you calling me to a vocation
of ministry in the Church as
Priest, Sister, Brother or Deacon?
Or if I am already living out a life's
vocation, are you asking me to help
call others to the ministry of
leadership in the Church?
We do need men and women to help
lead us as Church, Lord. We are your
people of the valley, prairie and pines,
the Diocese of ______________
Speak to us Lord.
Open the minds and hearts of many
men and women to live your Word
and build your Kingdom.
Speak to me Lord.
Plant your Word within me so that
whatever you call me to be or do
I may say Yes, Here I Am Lord.

Lord here I am!

What would you like me to
do with my life?

(Pause to listen to God for a moment)

Teach me to do your
will, Lord.

And let your Holy Spirit
guide me!

I will be praying for you as you begin your journey of discernment, and I ask that you please pray for me too as I prepare to enter into a religious community myself. God bless you.

 
 
 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Welcome from Christina: Vocation Operation

Christina M. Sorrentino is a millennial, cradle, Catholic who is an aspiring religious sister, and a blogger and writer in Staten Island, New York in the United States. She is the author of the book, Called to Love A Listening Heart - A Book of Catholic Poetry. She has contributed to Blessed is She, Pursed by Truth, Pilgrim - A Journal of Catholic Experience, Leonie's Longing, Quelpart - Notes of a Catholic Life, Catholic New York, and the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. She blogs about faith and discernment at Called to Love - A Listening Heart

Friday, 3 November 2017

Update: Kim

Oil Pastel Painting by Me

I realise I haven't written on the blog for a while. It is not because I have forgotten, but rather because I wanted to see what would come of my life as time took its turn. The Holy Spirit has been leading me, and as I pray for the openness to submit fully and wholly to God's will, I discover more and more about myself and where God is leading me. He has made clear areas of my life where I need to grow, to learn to trust Him in.

We often speak of surrender to God's will, but sometimes, we may think we are surrendering, but inside, there are many things we don't really want to let go of. Therefore, I pray that the Holy Spirit enlighten the eyes of our hearts and minds that we may see what hope His call holds for us. Let go and let God, as they say.

I will write more at a later date, as life, as always, has been very busy and very blessed. I hope and pray that all will be well, and ask that you all trust in God, who loves you and will never leave nor forsake you. Amen.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

My Best Friend Became a Nun! Inspirational Story

Some inspiration for you all - a story of two girls who went on the Crusade for Life 13 years ago, and now one is a nun and the other married. Please see the link below. God bless! :)
https://aleteia.org/2017/08/06/my-best-friend-became-a-nun/

Monday, 20 March 2017

Reflection: Root all in reality, not fantasy ideals...

I recall a conversation with one of my previous spiritual directors as a teen. He told me a story of how a young woman had once told him insistently that she wanted to give her life to God as a Religious. So, allowing her to test her desire, he sent her to the sisters for a week. He told me that she came back saying that the life is really not for her and that she could never be a Religious. 

What did that teach me? It taught me a few things:

1. All of our desires must be tested. Until we are tested and our desires grow in relation to the reality of the situation and the life, we cannot make sound and clear decisions. 

2. Until you experience the reality, it is very easy to fall into the fantasy, with certain ideals that have been shaped by our background, but that do not correspond to reality. 

3. It all takes time, prayer and reflection. Sometimes we think we want something, but then, in time, we lose the desire and realise that perhaps it was just initial excitement. The surest way is to see if the desire is sustained over a longer period of time, and whether, on subsequent visits etc, you still have the desire to live that particular way of life. 

4. You need to consider all aspects of the life - the ups and the downs, the trials that will come, "would you risk the hostile stare, should your life attract or scare?" (The Summons - John Bell). 

5. Objectivity is important. Sometimes our desires are actually shaped, or even come from, someone else. For example, if you have a friend in that congregation, then you may feel tempted to follow them to join their congregation when in fact, you would be better suited to another congregation or way of life. 

So, in conclusion, let go and let God. Let Him lead you and guide you, and remain open to all He has to show you. Discern, with the guidance of a trained and experienced spiritual director, and pray about all decisions. Experience the life before jumping to conclusions, and know the reality in its fullest form possible, then, and only then, will you be able to make an informed decision. 

God bless, and know you have my prayers,
Kim-Thérèse

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Blog Updates: Kim's Story

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I am updating my story so far, so I have taken it down temporarily. Please bear with me as I try to condense the story to a shorter, more readable form. Thanks.

God bless you.

Kim-Thérèse

Update: Contact Details

Hello,

We have now updated our contact details.

Please email Kim Lee using this email address: vocationoperation@gmail.com

Thanks.  God bless.

Monday, 27 February 2017

AVPT Vocations Camp 2017 @ Good Shepherd Church, Setapak, KL, Malaysia

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Going on a vocations camp for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you aren't really sure what to expect. For me, it was my first time going on one. It had been three years since I went on a church camp, and I had never been to one in Malaysia. So many questions were going through my mind. I struggled to think. I couldn't focus. My heart was filled with anxiety, especially knowing that if my parents had found out what kind of church camp this was - a vocations camp - all hell would break loose at home. But, I trusted God, and I took the risk, because I felt His gentle tug at my heart, asking me to go, and just to be open to Him. 

For me, I needed the time and the space away from people I was too familiar with in order to stay open and discern. I was afraid of my decisions being swayed by those whom I care for very much and know well. So, it was good that I didn't know most people, and those whom I did know, I wasn't super close to. That gave me the ability to just allow myself to breathe, and to "sunbathe in the presence of God". I use that term because it helps me to describe the deep contemplation within my heart, for which no earthly words can express. The silence spent in the presence of God is important, because it allows Him to speak to us, directly into our hearts. One of the other girls on the camp, S, said, "I went to the chapel just to sit down in silence.That silence was great peace. To me, silence speaks of God's love for us and also He speaks within the heart". That observation, that reflection, is just so beautiful. Here, when we speak of silence, we're not just speaking of the exterior absence of noise, but the interior silence. In a sense, we calm our minds and hearts to be able to focus truly on God, and be totally mindful of His loving presence. This state, however, can only be achieved by God's grace, and it is not easy to just "be" with God. The world offers many distractions that can detract our focus from God. Thus, a piece of advice given to me as a Candidate in the UK was this, "To imagine putting all my worries, fears, anxieties etc. in a box, and leave it in the corner of the room  with the lid open. Then, knowing it is there, but at the same time, knowing that it is to come back to later, after I have done what I need to do with God in the silence, I can then concentrate". 

During the camp, we had the opportunity to interact with several priests and Religious - from different congregations, and also diocesan (priests). We were also taught about the vocation of auxiliaries and that of marriage. We were exposed to much - to give us a full picture of the options open to us. I think that was great as it allowed us to truly learn about each of the vocations that God calls us to. However, it is important to note that although some of us may share the same vocation, we are all called in a unique way. Each person is called to do some work that only they can do. Nobody else can fill their place for them, since God has made us each for a specific purpose. 

So, where does that leave us? Some may have gotten their answer already. Others may still be searching. But, all will be done in God's time, according to His will (Ecclesiastes 3). The only one who will know is us ourselves, and of course, God, Himself knows too. The concluding factor though, is that camps like these are meant to open us up to question our meaning and true purpose in life, and to learn how to discern God's will, that we may be open to it when He calls. 

So, as Samuel said, "Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening" (1 Samuel 3:10).