Discernment

A vocation to the Monastic Way of Life

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A vocation to consecrate life, or the call to become a Benedictine sister, often begins with a subtle desire for something more in life; a feeling of not being fulfilled.

There may be a longing to live a life of deeper faith, a life centered in prayer. This feeling or longing continues to grow, manifesting itself in greater commitment to prayer, thoughts of desiring to serve others, and/or the desire to attach to a group with common goals.

Over 1,500 years ago St. Benedict wrote in the Prologue of his Rule, “Is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to see good days? If you hear this and your answer is “I do” then “what is more delightful than the voice of the Lord calling to us?”

Discerning a Call to Religious Life

A vocation directress can help you sort through questions you have about religious life and vocations. She will also be able to suggest how to discern. The best advice is for you to pray, to listen, and to be open to God's urgings in your life.

Spiritual direction: A spiritual director may help you to continue to discern more deeply your call to religious life. A spiritual director is trained to listen to and support people in their spiritual journey. It is important in your discernment process to have someone to accompany you on your journey.

Requirements

Consider a calling to the Missionary Benedictine Sisters way of life if you meet the following:

  • A baptized Roman Catholic who have completed the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation 
  • If you are a convert to Catholicism, you should have been in the church for at least 2 years  
  • Between the ages of 19 and 45  
  • Single, widowed, or divorced with an annulment 
  • Psychologically and physically healthy enough for this way of life 
  • A U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident 
  • Open to being missioned to one of other priories in our international congregation 
  • Free from major debts or prosecution from the law 
  • Free from grave obligations towards members of your family

For more information about vocations or discernment contact

Sr. Inviolata Mukhaabi, O.S.B.
Immaculata Monastery & Spirituality Center
300 N. 18th Street
Norfolk, NE 68701

Phone: (402) 750-2559
Email: vocations@norfolk-osb.org