Discern How God May Be Calling You

Our Vocation Houses are peaceful homes for practicing Catholics or those exploring the Catholic faith. Residents pray, eat, and work together in an atmosphere of Franciscan fellowship, peace, humility, and simplicity. The homes can also provide free housing for those seeking to pay off debt before entering religious life.

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Residents fall into two categories:

 

1. Long-term residents who are either living or affiliated with the Rule of Life of the Confraternity of Penitents

 

2. Shorter term residents who may or may not be affiliated with the Confraternity, but who are discerning their next step, such as: 

+ Entering a Career

+ Continuing Education

+ Starting a Business

+ Contemplating Marriage

+ Exploring Single Life Vocations

+ Discerning a Religious Vocation or Diocesan Priesthood

+ Any Other Major Life Choice

It's difficult to hear God's voice through all the noise of today's world. Setting aside time to listen, while living in community with your brothers and sisters, may help you find out what's next. 

With over 20 former residents since their institution in 2010, the Vocation Houses have given rise to 7 religious vocations, 4 marriages, and 3 single life vocations. Residents have also been able to discern further education, missionary work, or steps in their career. 

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The volunteer coordinator and the house mother are both readily available at any time to meet with me to discuss spiritual matters, my personal discernment, or any concerns that I may have with living at the house. 

 

Living at the vocation house with other women of faith who are discerning God’s Will is truly an answer to prayer. I am so grateful for this stepping stone that God has placed in my journey, and the means to continue serving God in the midst of a major life transition. 

Patricia J

Both houses are a short distance from historic Saint Andrew's Oratory, and Mary's Glen outdoor spiritual oasis for prayer.

Time spent at the Vocation house includes daily prayer, weekly spiritual studies (usually in the form of a Bible or book study), guidance from your house parent, and community events such as Mass and group dinners. 

Our ministry's Spiritual Advisor is Father Dan Koehl, pictured here.

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