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FCB_SBA_0042Time for another vocation story, this one from our newest candidate Rhea:

“My desire to become a sister began to stir in me as far back as I can recall. However, at age sixteen, I let go of the thought. To my knowledge no sign from the Lord was given to me. In my childlike ignorance, I assumed God would provide me with a supernatural event that would make clear to me that my desires were His as well, and not merely the romantic notions of a young girl. After a period of loss and acceptance; I then proceeded to live my life pursuing the secular goals of family and career.

I have had a fulfilling life which includes a loving family, good friends, a rewarding career and a rich spiritual journey. However, I am now at a turning point. With exception to the gift of motherhood; no pursuit, accomplishment, or relationship; has fulfilled me other than my love for Christ and His love for me. So at this point I have given myself permission to take the time to discern what He truly wants for me. I am drawn to the Sisters of Notre Dame for their vitality, devotion to witnessing to God’s goodness and provident care, and undying desire to serve God’s people with vigor, humor, and humility”.

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Check out our Events page (tab at top) for the latest upcoming talks and other activities of the sisters. Starting next week we’re proud to announce the first evening of  “The Upper Room”, our young adult faith enrichment series. The presentations will be given by Sr. Kathleen Burns, many of you may already know her from the various retreats she facilitates around the greater L.A. area. The Upper Room will take place one Wednesday a month from October thru June. Hope you can make it.

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nun2[1]Last month two vibrant, intelligent and successful women crossed the threshold of our formation house, asking to be formed as Sisters of Notre Dame.  For us, it is a reminder that God still calls and  generous, faith-filled women still respond, eager to devote their lives to Jesus Christ.  So, what does make a women choose such a life?

Here’s a “Vocation Story” from one of our new candidates. Let me introduce you to Jane:

“I first felt the calling to religious life while I was taking RCIA classes four years ago. This calling was really a grace given to me by God because I did not know anything about what women religious did other than pray and teach. I became active in my parish and volunteered my time for many activities. However, I needed to further discern my vocational calling – even though I can serve the Church in many ways as a layperson, the calling to be a woman religious is a sacred calling. Jesus said that he came into the world to put it on fire, and I want to learn how the interior fire in my heart can be lived out in ministry as well as in prayer. I decided to enter the Sisters of Notre Dame because I was inspired by them and, through my live-in experiences, observed how the sisters bring Christ to all whom they minister to in their everyday lives.”

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Nun_in_cloisterThis was the title of a booklet which was given to me while discerning the choice of religious life. Forty years later, the question is still posed. Why would a woman choose this life? Why would a Sister stay in this life? (The reasons are not always the same.) Stay with us and you may get a few answers!

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