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Monday, 15 September 2014

Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

I am very sorry that Emily and I have not posted in such a long time. Things have been very hectic for both of us, with family responsibilities and the like! We have been keeping you in prayer all this time, and have not forgotten you though. 

I am working on some updates, including to the structure of the Vocations Chat since there have been some changes regarding time zones and the movement of Religious, meaning that their apostolate may have a different focus than before. I will update you once that is all back up and running. 

I will also be updating my story from time to time as there has been a lot of changes recently. Please refer to the page: Kim's Story for information on that. 

Keeping you all in prayer, 
Kim Lee :)

Friday, 6 June 2014

INVOCATION 2014

4TH - 6TH JULY 2014


OSCOTT, BIRMINGHAM

INVOCATION 2014

Open to men and women aged 17-35.

The Invocation website is www.invocation.org.uk
 
 
A magnificent line up of speakers & workshops, 
with wonderful times of stillness and prayer. 
 
Speakers include 
 
Cardinal Vincent Nichols 
 
Archbishop Rino Fisichella 
President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization 
 
Curtis Martin 
Founder of the Fellowship for College and University Students, USA 
 
Sr Roseann Reddy 
Co-Foundress of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life, Scotland 
 
Dr Andrew O’Connell 
Communications Director for the Presentation Brothers, Dublin 
 
Whether this form has been personally handed 
to you by a Priest or School Chaplain, or 
whether you have come across it while 
browsing through other leaflets, I warmly 
encourage you to come for the weekend in 
Birmingham in July. In this little note, I will try 
to answer some of the key questions … 
 
WHAT IS IT? Invocation 2014 is a discernment 
festival. That means it is a weekend full of 
opportunities for you to think more deeply 
about who God is calling you to be. You might 
never have thought about that before – that 
God has a particular calling, personally, for you 
– or you might have been reflecting on it for a 
while and are seeking further guidance and 
inspiration. The speakers at Invocation are 
magnificent, which brings me to … 
 
WHO WILL BE THERE? Firstly, and mainly, 
about 300 – 400 young adults from across the 
country with many of the same questions, joys, 
doubts and hopes that you have, wanting to 
bring these things to God in an atmosphere 
that will inspire faith, along with challenge, 
fresh ideas and fresh ways to see things. There 
will be Priests from many Dioceses, and 
Religious Brothers and Sisters – and it might be 
that you are thinking about Priesthood and 
Religious Life, or you might have quite different 
thoughts about your own life journey. Either 
way, to hear what inspired them to make their 
decisions could be helpful to you. And five 
keynote speakers will share great wisdom: 
 
Curtis Martin founded the Fellowship of 
College and University Students, USA. This 
organisation now employs over 300 staff, 
working on College and University Campuses, 
and “helps to build a joyful, Christ-centred 
community and support network on each 
campus where we have a presence.” Working 
with many, many young people in their late 
teens and early twenties, plus mission teams in 
their late twenties and thirties, what Curtis has 
to say about our vocation will be well worth 
listening to – and Invocation is flying him in 
from America! See more at www.focus.org 
 
Archbishop Rino Fisichella is a gifted Professor 
and teacher of Theology, and served as 
President of the Pontifical Lateran University in 
Rome. He is now President of the Pontifical 
Academy for the New Evangelization, and will 
bring a great depth of theological knowledge to 
his presentation at the Invocation weekend. He 
is flying in from the Vatican. 
 
Sr Roseann Reddy was inspired by Cardinal 
Winning, and in 2000 founded the Sisters of the 
Gospel of Life, working to support women 
facing difficult circumstances during pregnancy. 
 
Dr Andrew O’Connell works for the 
Presentation Brothers in Dublin, as their 
Communications Director. He has valuable 
insights into social & digital media as a means 
for Evangelization. 
 
Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop 
Bernard Longley will be bringing their deep and 
long experience to their preaching at Masses 
during the weekend. Throughout the weekend 
there will be a wide variety of workshops, led 
by people of great wisdom and experience. 
 
WHERE IS ALL THIS TAKING PLACE? In the 
grounds of Oscott College, Birmingham. We will 
also use the College chapel for times of quiet 
prayer and reflection. 
 
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW? 
Yes - you should know that the accommodation 
is in marquees divided U18/18+ and 
male/female, and so you’ll need to bring a 
sleeping bag and roll mat / air mattress. Once 
you are booked in, I’ll be in touch with more 
specific details of what to bring, where to meet 
for the transport, etc. And do feel free to call or 
email me at any time if you have any questions. 
I look forward to meeting you.  
 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Blog Update

Sorry that Emily and I haven't been on lately. It has been hectic for both of us and there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes - we are still working on some of the features. As my circumstances have changed, I do not have internet access as often, so you will have realised that I have not been on the blog as much. However, should you wish to get in touch, please do drop us an email:
vocationoperation@live.co.uk.

With love and prayer,
Kim Lee xxx

Sharing Words of Comfort...

Some Words of Comfort in Times of Need...

When all seems to be turning itself upside down, here are a few things to remember:

The worst part of Jesus' life (i.e. The Passion and Cross) was the best part  - He gave Himself for us and died for our sins, and showed us that He loves us unconditionally.
- He gave us His mother as our own - "Here is your mother" - John 19:27.
- He had to go down to go up - without the Passion and Cross, the Resurrection has no meaning!

"God works with those who love Him...and will turn all to their good" - Romans 8:28
"If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Romans 8:31
- God is ever faithful and God is Love. He will never let us down. Like a Father loves His children, God loves us even more, totally and unconditionally. He will never let anything beyond what we could handle happen to us.
- Sometimes we don't understand why things happen in our lives, but in actual fact, all that time, God is there, working in our hearts. Take each moment to "dwell in the house of the Lord...in His presence" and know that we can unite our sufferings to Christ and grow spiritually, becoming closer to God.

"Do not be afraid" appears in Scripture 365 times - that would be once for every single day. As all is done in God's time, and "there is a time for everything" - Ecclesiastes 3, then take each day as it comes and don't worry about tomorrow as there is enough to focus on today.

"Love is patient, Love is kind..." - 1 Cor 13:4, so if God is Love, then God is also patient and kind. Remember not to beat yourselves up for your sins. Try to learn from them and avoid making the same mistakes as much as possible, but remember and acknowledge your human weakness.

Remember that we are all "fools for Christ" - 1 Cor 4:10, which means that we who live the Christian life will not have an easy journey. We are going against the world to follow a life in Christ's footsteps, so there will be temptations to fall into things that go against the values we have as children of God. Take comfort in this: "My Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, do not let your hearts be troubled, do not be afraid." - John 14:27.

Recall the Way of the Cross - Jesus fell THREE times - but He always GOT BACK UP over and over again. His weakness was a physical one from carrying His cross - for us, it could be physical, but much more likely to be a spiritual weakness. Just take Jesus' example as an inspiration, and when you fall, remember to get back up!

Know that all of you who are in need at this moment in time, whatever the need may be (we tend to forget that we all have needs and intentions to pray for), I am praying for you always.

With love and prayer,
Your Sister in Christ,
Kim Lee (Thérèse)

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Sharing a prayer...



Prayer once given to me by our Lady in 2011

Mother Mary
Queen of Heaven
Let us not have doubt
But faith
As we trust in your Son
Our Lord Jesus Christ
Amen

Kim Lee

Blog Update: So much going on lately.

I'm so sorry that everything has been so crazy lately. I am trying to deal with so much at the moment that I haven't been able to type up the reflections for Lent. I will try and get them up as soon as I can. In the mean time, please pray that I am able to resolve the situations I am currently dealing with, or else refer to the Serenity Prayer! :)

With love and prayer as always,
Kim Lee

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Blog Updates: Social Media and Updating

Sorry about how long it's been since we posted much, but we are working on a lot behind the scenes so here's a quick update on what's going on:
  • We've been working on increasing our social media presence, and we are now on Tumblr and Pinterest. If you use either, please follow us for more 
  • A few new Guides are coming up soon and our FAQ page will be up soon. 
  • Our About & Contact Us page has been updated to be a little more streamlined and organised. We are also updating our Glossary page. 
  • We are currently also going through our directory to ensure it is up to date since websites and details may have changed. 
  • The Facebook Vocations Chat Group Sessions will continue to run on Tuesday evenings from 8-9pm UK time. There will soon be some changes to the admin of the group, but we will update you as soon as changes are decided. 
We will be back to normal soon, so please be patient! 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Blog Update: Lent Reflections coming up soon

Hello Everyone,

I am sorry that I have not been able to post up the reflections for Lent for some of the days yet. I will be on retreat tomorrow when I will be writing out more reflections. Please bear with me, and next week I will get a whole load out in one go. Thanks.

God Bless,
Kim Lee

Monday, 10 March 2014

Lent 2014 Reflections: Monday, 10th March 2014

Monday, 10th March 2014

Reading 1, Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18

1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
2 'Speak to the whole community of Israelites and say: "Be holy, for I, Yahweh your God, am holy.
11 "You will not steal, nor deal deceitfully or fraudulently with your fellow-citizen.
12 You will not swear by my name with intent to deceive and thus profane the name of your God. I am Yahweh.
13 You will not exploit or rob your fellow. You will not keep back the labourer's wage until next morning.
14 You will not curse the dumb or put an obstacle in the way of the blind, but will fear your God. I am Yahweh.
15 "You will not be unjust in administering justice. You will neither be partial to the poor nor overawed by the great, but will administer justice to your fellow-citizen justly.
16 You will not go about slandering your own family, nor will you put your neighbour's life in jeopardy. I am Yahweh.
17 You will not harbour hatred for your brother. You will reprove your fellow-countryman firmly and thus avoid burdening yourself with a sin.


18 You will not exact vengeance on, or bear any sort of grudge against, the members of your race, butwill love your neighbour as yourself. I am Yahweh.

Reflection by Kim Lee:
So often we are faced with decisions in life that can lead us both ways. We have all the options open to us, and there may be a few good options we can take, but not necessarily the best options to serve God. Sometimes, we even take the wrong path. This reading reminds us that we must look to God for guidance in these times and ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to making the right decision in co-operation with God's will. God is the ultimate good, and we must remember that He is LOVE. In knowing this, we must also believe it, and then share it with others. This is not just a duty, but a joy and a source of great spiritual nourishment. We were made to serve, and to give to one another, so let us be fraternally loving towards one another, in imitation of the love that our Lord has for us - unconditional love. We are not perfect, so when we fall, just remember that it is how we get up that makes us truly children of God. Remember how Peter said he'd die for Jesus, yet denied him three times, and then we still see in Matthew 16:18 that it was Peter who was chosen as the rock to build the Church on. 

Lent Giving: Be true to yourself and pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance this Lent to do what is right, because it is the right thing to do, and not for other motivations. 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Lent 2014 Reflections - Sunday 9th March 2014

Sunday 9th March 2014

Gospel, Matthew 4:1-11

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the desert to be put to the test by the devil.
2 He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was hungry,
3 and the tester came and said to him, 'If you are Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.'
4 But he replied, 'Scripture says: Human beings live not on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'
5 The devil then took him to the holy city and set him on the parapet of the Temple.
6 'If you are Son of God,' he said, 'throw yourself down; for scripture says: He has given his angels orders about you, and they will carry you in their arms in case you trip over a stone.'
7 Jesus said to him, 'Scripture also says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'
8 Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour.
9 And he said to him, 'I will give you all these, if you fall at my feet and do me homage.'
10 Then Jesus replied, 'Away with you, Satan! For scripture says: The Lord your God is the one to whom you must do homage, him alone you must serve.'
11 Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels appeared and looked after him.

Reflection by Kim Lee:
Many people think that when we are tempted we should fight back. Actually, that's probably the most dangerous thing you could do. In the extreme example of an exorcism, if one does not enter into the place of the exorcism under the authority of the Church, then one could be utterly destroyed. Satan (the devil) loves it when we speak to him, when we fight back, because he knows he will win. In fact, if we fight back, and talk to him, and engage in conversation with him, he helps us to be further tempted, knowing our weakness and psychology - which "buttons" to press etc. The best way to fight temptation is not to wish it away or to get into a conversation with evil, but to ask our Lord and our Lady to protect you. Go in with the authority of the Church to protect you, with the authority of God. 
I know a number of people who try to do away with temptation. This is a mistake. Everyone who takes their faith seriously is tempted at some point. Rather than trying to get rid of temptation, we should ask God for His grace to make us stronger. It is one thing to know that we should love God and centre our lives on Him, but it is something totally different, and very much true conversion for us to truly believe that, especially when times are hard. 

Lent Giving: Reflect on Ephesians 6:10-20. Put yourself under the authority of God through the Church and pray for all those who are struggling with trials and temptation.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Lent 2014 Reflections: Saturday 8th March 2014

Saturday after Ash Wednesday - 8th March 2014

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:9-14

9 Then you will cry for help and Yahweh will answer; you will call and he will say, 'I am here.' If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist and malicious words,
10 if you deprive yourself for the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, your light will rise in the darkness, and your darkest hour will be like noon.
11 Yahweh will always guide you, will satisfy your needs in the scorched land; he will give strength to your bones and you will be like a watered garden, like a flowing spring whose waters never run dry.
12 Your ancient ruins will be rebuilt; you will build on age -- old foundations. You will be called 'Breach-mender', 'Restorer of streets to be lived in'.
13 If you refrain from breaking the Sabbath, from taking your own pleasure on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath 'Delightful', and the day sacred to Yahweh 'Honourable', if you honour it by abstaining from travel, from seeking your own pleasure and from too much talk,
14 then you will find true happiness in Yahweh, and I shall lead you in triumph over the heights of the land. I shall feed you on the heritage of your father Jacob, for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.

Reflection by Kim Lee:

A lot of the time we do not realise that we are surrounded by so much good. The media and society like to highlight all the rubbish going on around us that we end up becoming accustomed to a dysfunctional society, such that, for us, it becomes the norm. We are told that if we "deny ourselves for those in hunger and satisfy the afflicted", our "light will rise in the darkness" - this reminds me of St. Francis of Assisi's words, "All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle". This inspires me to tell you that YOU can be the difference in this world, to help bring about change for the better. There is so much evil and perpetuation of exaggerated falsehoods, filled with temptation to draw people into what is wrong. All sorts of external pressures that seep into us and soon become internal pressures if we do not hold onto God. 

Turn back to God this Lent. All you need to do is to look around you - the Church building even can teach you things without anyone saying anything to you. If you look at a stained glass window in the parish, do you notice that always at the centre is God, usually depicted as the Father or Jesus? You may also notice how all the saints/people around the window are looking at the centre, looking at God. Their focus is totally on Him. We need to take the saints as our example and centre our lives back on God if we are expecting to find peace and true fulfilment. If we centre our lives on anything else, any lesser good could and probably would destroy us. 
Lent Giving: Take some time to think about what you have centred your life on. Try and ensure that your life is centred on God, and that your focus is on Him. Choose one part of the day to really pray more, fast on Fridays with a smile on your face, and give alms to the poor - and they aren't just the one's on your street - if your next door neighbour needs help and you can help them, then do so! :)

Friday, 7 March 2014

Lent 2014 Reflections: Friday 7th March 2014

Friday after Ash Wednesday - 7th March

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:1-9

1 Shout for all you are worth, do not hold back, raise your voice like a trumpet. To my people proclaim their rebellious acts, to the House of Jacob, their sins.
2 They seek for me day after day, they long to know my ways, like a nation that has acted uprightly and not forsaken the law of its God. They ask me for laws that are upright, they long to be near God:
3 'Why have we fasted, if you do not see, why mortify ourselves if you never notice?' Look, you seek your own pleasure on your fastdays and you exploit all your workmen;
4 look, the only purpose of your fasting is to quarrel and squabble and strike viciously with your fist.Fasting like yours today will never make your voice heard on high.
5 Is that the sort of fast that pleases me, a day when a person inflicts pain on himself? Hanging your head like a reed, spreading out sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call fasting, a day acceptable to Yahweh?
6 Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me: to break unjust fetters, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break all yokes?
7 Is it not sharing your food with the hungry, and sheltering the homeless poor; if you see someone lacking clothes, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own kin?
8 Then your light will blaze out like the dawn and your wound be quickly healed over. Saving justice will go ahead of you and Yahweh's glory come behind you.
9 Then you will cry for help and Yahweh will answer; you will call and he will say, 'I am here.' If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist and malicious words.

Reflection by Kim Lee:

In Lent, we are asked to do three things: Pray, Fast and Give Alms. These things are meant to bring us closer to God. If we pray more during Lent, but then go out and be really awful to people and upset them, then there is no point in praying. If we fast and put on a grumpy face and tell everyone how hungry we are and how we are not eating what we like, and then we go around being a glutton in other ways, then the hunger for God is not brought out, so there is no point in fasting. Same with giving alms, why would you give alms then go out and steal from someone else, for instance? 
The reason we are asked to pray, fast and give alms is because they are supposed to help us to change our hearts. The word used in Scripture is "metanoia" which means "beyond the mind". We have to stop thinking with our heads and start thinking with our hearts. We have to go beyond rationality and logic found in the mind to follow the Holy Spirit, to leave ourselves in the hands of the Lord and completely trust in Him. We see in Scripture that the words, "do not be afraid" appear 365 times - that's once for every day of the year. "Commit your life to the Lord, trust in Him, and he will act" - Psalm 37.

Lent Giving: Instead of thinking "What am I giving up for Lent?", think, "How can I give and serve this Lent?".

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Lent 2014 Reflections: Thursday 6th March 2014

Thursday after Ash Wednesday - 6th March 2014

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15 'Look, today I am offering you life and prosperity, death and disaster.
16 If you obey the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I am laying down for you today, if you love Yahweh your God and follow his ways, if you keep his commandments, his laws and his customs, you will live and grow numerous, and Yahweh your God will bless you in the country which you are about to enter and make your own.
17 But if your heart turns away, if you refuse to listen, if you let yourself be drawn into worshipping other gods and serving them,
18 I tell you today, you will most certainly perish; you will not live for long in the country which you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19 Today, I call heaven and earth to witness against you: I am offering you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live,
20 in the love of Yahweh your God, obeying his voice, holding fast to him; for in this your life consists, and on this depends the length of time that you stay in the country which Yahweh swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that he would give them.'

Reflection by Kim Lee:
Here we have been offered two paths - life and prosperity, or death and disaster. This reminds me of Ecclesiasticus 15, where it is said that "man has life and death before him; whichever a man like better will be given him". It is true to say we have free will. God does not wish to impose His will on us, although I have often found that His will is the only way to find true fulfilment and come closer to who we are - ourselves, made in the image of God.  I truly believe that God wants us to choose him freely, and not to feel we are constrained by the laws there to protect us from harm and evil.

Another thing this passage reminds me of is St. Faustina's diary. In a vision she had, she saw two paths - one was a wide road where people were happy and things were easy. The other was a narrow, with thorns, and barely a path to be seen. Those on that path were weeping and struggling, with pain and suffering. However, those on the wide road were falling into the abyss of Hell, while those on the narrow path discovered the light at the end and, when they came into the light, they forgot all about their sufferings.

Lent Giving: Make the choice to pray more, to come closer to God, to choose the more difficult path, even though it can be hard. Do things because they are the right thing to do, not because you want to look good etc. 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Lent 2014 Reflections: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday - 5th March 2014
Reading 1, Joel 2:12-18

'But now -- declares the Lord - come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning.'
Tear your hearts and not your clothes, and come back to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and he relents about inflicting disaster.
Who knows if he will not come back, relent and leave a blessing behind him, a cereal offering and a libation to be presented to the Lord your God?
Blow the ram's-horn in Zion! Order a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
call the people together, summon the community, assemble the elders, gather the children, even infants at the breast! Call the bridegroom from his bedroom and the bride from her bower!
 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, stand weeping between portico and altar, saying, 'Spare your people, Lord! Do not expose your heritage to the contempt, to the sarcasm of the nations! Why give the peoples cause to say, "Where is their God?" '
Then, becoming jealous over his country, the Lord took pity on his people.

Reflection by Kim Lee:

Lent is a time for turning away from sin and being faithful to the Gospel. It is a time to prepare our hearts for what is to come. God wants us to be who we are, and nobody else. We aren't called to be somebody's ideal of who we are, not even our own ideal. We are called to be ourselves for God. To be a child of God means to get up when we fall, to trust when humanly you feel like despairing, to forgive when actually you really feel like beating up the person for what they did to you. God is asking us this Lent not necessarily to "give up" as many people think, but to GIVE, to give our whole self to Him as His children, in His service, to carry out His will. Remember that Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life..." (John 14:6). Turn back to God and remember that no sin is too great to receive God's loving mercy and forgiveness - He died on a Cross for us, shed His blood for us - how much more do you need Him to show His love?!

Lent Giving: Offer up all the grudges you hold, and forgive those who have hurt you. Leave them in God's hands and pray for them.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Update: The Story so far: Kim

I keep thinking to myself, "there must be more to life than what we can see with our naked eyes". All the decisions I have been making make me question whether what I am doing is really God's will or a made up idea in my head, but then when I really think about it, and pray about it, I keep finding myself come back to the same conclusion - what I am doing seems, at least, to be guiding me closer to becoming more myself, more fully human, and I am beginning to 'feel' more fulfilled. I keep asking whether I am becoming the person God made me to be. I love the quotation from St. Catherine of Sienna: "If you are who God wants you to be, you will set the whole world on fire". It really does strike me as I always think of that insatiable desire in my heart to be of service to God in all that I am, and that 'fire' in my soul longing to "be at one with God" in a life devoted entirely to Him. Since I was three I knew that this seed was already growing in me, even though I did not fully understand it at that age. It is now sixteen years later, and I still remember even as a young child asking this: "God, you have given me so much love in my heart, yet I have no one I feel I can give it to. I do not know what to do with it, or who I can share this beautiful, infinite love with. Please help me, dearest Jesus to share and give this love those you want me to give it to". Little did I know that was the beginning of my vocation to be a sister to all, whether that is as a Religious or a Lay person or something else, I am still discerning, but I know that the Lord gave me that fervent desire for good reason, and such a longing could not, and I would say, should not be ignored. I had to embrace it, and I do hope I am. It is such a beautiful gift from God. O Lord, teach me your ways, and inspire me to share this love in doing your will. Through Christ our Lord, Amen. :) God Bless. x

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Saint's Corner: Margaret of Cortona



Name: Margaret of Cortona
Birth & Death: 1247 - 22 February 1297
Feast Day: 22 February
Country of Origin: Italy
History: Margaret eloped with a nobleman as a teenager, becoming his mistress for 9 years and bearing a son. When her lover was murdered, she repented and sought to return to her father's house but was turned away by her stepmother. She and her son took refuge with Franciscan friars. Her son became a friar himself, and Margaret became a Franciscan tertiary and established a hospital.


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Monday, 3 February 2014

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Latest Project - Film and Booklet

ATTENTION APOSTOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS 

(If you are Franciscan and Evangelical, the third branch of Religious, then we'd also like to hear from you)


As part of the promotion work that EmilyAnn and I have been doing on Vocations, we have decided to launch a new project. It has been noticed that a lot of people keep seeing contemplative congregations in the media, and have a stereotype of a Carmelite nun or a Benedictine, in their veils and doing manual work in the garden etc. So we thought we should do something about that!

The project is aimed to feature Apostolic Religious Sisters to give discerners an insight on what it is like with an Apostolic Congregation. It will be aimed at women aged between 18-40, practising Roman Catholics, who are interested in Religious Life. We are hoping to create a intercongregational leaflet/booklet - like the Community Spotlights on our blog, and also, if possible, to put together a film as well. What we are hoping to do is interview some sisters (and aspirants/candidates/postulants/novices) so we can put the clips back to back under little title slides e.g. "A day in the life of a Postulant (congregations listed)" with little comments/clips from postulants and their daily life etc.
Also if anyone would like to share clips from their vows, that would be good too - "this is what happens when a sister becomes professed..." (with clips and some info. on what happens in different congregations).
We might even feature some vocation stories. Would you be interested in helping us with this?

Please let us know soon as I (Kim) will start putting things together as a PowerPoint presentation first.

Thanks.

With love and prayer,
Kim Lee x