Vocation Week

“National Vocation Awareness Week, celebrated November 3-9, 2019, is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.  NVAW began in 1976. Beginning in 2014, NVAW was moved to the first full week of November. Each day during this week, take time to ask yourself, “What is it that I plan to do with my one wild and precious life?” [adapted from The Summer Day by Mary Oliver] “

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Final countdown to final commitment

Sister Connie Gibson writes about her journey to become a Sister of St. Joseph.

A little over a week from now, I will make my final vows as a Sister of St. Joseph. With nearly a decade of formal formation behind me and many more years of informal discernment, it’s hard to believe that I’ve come to this point in my journey as a religious sister. Yet, through joys and sufferings, laughter and tears, I now find myself on the cusp of final commitment.

Read her story here. 

Right Where I’m Meant to Be

My name is Ceara Curry, and I am a St. Joseph Worker 2018-2019 in St. Paul, volunteering at Cretin-Derham Hall High School. I am also a recent graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and grew up in North Syracuse, NY.

In choosing the St. Joseph Worker Program and spending my year volunteering in Campus Ministry at Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) High School, I am reminded every single day why I have made the right decision. Working with the staff and students at CDH, I feel so welcomed. Living and learning with my fellow St. Joseph Workers, I feel so loved. Being part of the wider CSJ Community, I feel so inspired. I am where I am meant to be.

Although I may have dealt with homesickness more than I ever thought I would and that I am deeply longing to be with my communities at home, I know that I have found yet another community that I can call home here in the Twin Cities. As I have learned throughout the years, God has a beautiful, mysterious way of making sure that I am taken care of wherever I am and that I have great potential to thrive and be my best self, always. I am eager now more than ever to move forward and take the next steps in my life. I am so happy and excited and blessed to be where I am. I find joy and delight living within this “both/and” paradox. I am where I am meant to be.

I encourage all of us as we make our way through this Advent season – this time of waiting and watching, this time of hope and new beginnings, this time of anticipation and surrender – to enter into the flow, to continue to open ourselves up to see: What are the signs that I am on the right path, the path that God has so graciously paved for me? I have found that once you open up your eyes and start noticing, once you open up your heart to gratitude for being right where you are…I am going to bet that you’re likely to see that God has been winking at you all along. I really do have faith that you and I are right where we are meant to be.