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Being Called to the Monastic Way of Life

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What is vocation? Here, it’s the call to become a Missionary Benedictine Sister. The experience 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 or a life centered in prayer. This feeling or longing continues to grow, manifesting itself in greater commitment to prayer, a growing desire to serve others, and/or having interest in becoming part of a group that share your desires and 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 your answer to this question is “I do” then “what is more delightful than the voice of the Lord calling to us?”

Choosing a Religious Life: Vocation Discernment

Becoming a Benedictine Sister begins with a vocation directress. Serving as your guide, she will: answer any questions you might have about religious life and vocations, clearly communicate the difference between sisters and nuns, and offer suggestions on how to discern. The best advice is for you to pray, to listen, and to be open to God’s urgings in your life.

In addition to working with a vocation directress, 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 vocation discernment process to have someone to accompany you on your journey.

Understanding Our Missionary Benedictine Requirements

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

  • A baptized Roman Catholic who has completed the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
  • A convert to Catholicism who has been in the church for at least two 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 United States citizen or lawful permanent resident. 
  • Open to being missioned to one of the 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 becoming a Missionary Benedictine Sister or vocation discernment, contact:

Sr. Fidelis Marie Lanowich, O.S.B.
Immaculata Monastery & Spirituality Center
300 N. 18th Street Norfolk, NE 68701

Phone: (402) 750-2559  


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