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CND Vocation: Love of God

My journey begins when I sense a call to a deeper, loving relationship with God. Step by step I am drawn to respond to that call as a Sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame.

I learn to know myself, I get involved and I grow. I contribute to something greater than myself. My participation is important and my voice becomes one with that of the Sisters who have pre­ced­ed me and those who will follow.

That a simple and unpretentious life is more suitable to us than all other concerns

Writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys p. 154

Can I recognize God’s call within me?

Discernment: “Come and see”

In time, if she finds that she wants to continue her search, she may ask to live in community in pursuit of the answer to only one question: Is this the life God desires for me?

Candidacy: “Come and live”

Asking to live in community means a woman wants to know, through experience, the Sisters and their way of life. She is now a candidate and shares her daily life with the Sisters while continuing her personal development. She is involved in community life, prayer life and in the work of liberating education. She discovers that, supported by a loving community, she is able to live her faith and values.

When she comes to live in the community, she is a candidate and shares her daily life with the Sisters while continuing her personal development. She is involved in community life, prayer and ministry.

Novitiate: “Come and deepen”

If the desire to know God further in religious life continues to grow, she responds to this desire by asking to begin novitiate, a two-year formation period. As a novice, the sister enters into a time of prayer and study under the guidance of a director who continues to help her discern God’s desire for her.

Religious Profession: “Come and be free”

After a variety of spiritual and apostolic experiences in the novitiate, a novice, in discernment with the Congregation, may ask to become a vowed member of the community.

Your Path ?

Each sister’s story is as unique as she is unique. Each sister’s life is a different journey. Choose courage! Choose to explore! Choose the journey....

No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bushel or to put it under a bed. No, it is put on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in.

Luke 8:16.

To Contact a Sister about Religious Vocation

There is always someone waiting with the door open and the light on… We will be happy to answer all your questions.

You are charcoal ready to be kindled.

Writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys p. 204


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