Women Religious Vocations

“A vocation is a response to a call, a call of love.” – Pope Francis

Beloved Daughters: A Retreat Day for Young Women

Saturday, April 29
Sacred Heart Parish Center (Notre Dame, IN)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $15 (Financial assistance available) 
Registration to open soon.

Young women ages 16-22 are invited for a day retreat to explore what it means to authentically follow God’s call. Participants will hear life stories and wisdom from wives/mothers, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, and Jessica Hayes, OV.

Every vocation authentically lived is a “yes” to God and a “yes” to holiness. Come experience the joy of searching for holiness with other young women and discover God’s invitation for your life.

Religious Sister

A religious sister professes the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience within a specific religious order.  Each religious community has its own charism (gift offered to the Church) and apostolate (work that participates in the mission of the Christ and His Church), as well as communal and private prayer at the service of growing in intimacy with Christ the Bridegroom. 
Communities are traditionally active (a combination of prayer and work) or contemplative (whose primary work is prayer for the Church).  
Examples of active communities that women from our diocese have joined are the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration and the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Consecrated Virgin

A virgin living in the world is consecrated by her diocesan bishop.  She is betrothed mystically to Christ and dedicated to the service of the Church. These women live in the world, supporting themselves through a variety of careers according to their gifts. Each gives witness to the love of Christ for His Bride, the Church, through a life of prayer. Her vocation is lived individually, under the direction of her diocesan bishop.
To learn more, visit: The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins.
Women discerning religious vocations, including the vocation of a consecrated virgin, are encouraged to contact: 
Jessica Hayes, OV
Advisor for Vocations to the Consecrated Life
[email protected] 


Is this a Call? Listening to Jesus with Your Heart.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Vocation Office is happy to send you this book and connect you with other resources to help you in the discernment process. To request your copy, or for more information, contact:

Vocation Office
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Archbishop Noll Catholic Center
915 S. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-422-4611
E-mail: Christine Bonahoom-Nix, Administrative Assistant