One of the biggest obstacles a young woman faces as she discerns a religious vocation is finding wise spiritual guidance along the way. The other factor preventing a flourishing of vocations is the sad truth that most young girls have never seen much less talked to a sister.
Fortunately, in the IRL’s backyard there is a wonderful apostolate whose mission is to assist young women to discern a call to the religious life. Called Mater Redemptoris, the goal of all of the programs is to promote understanding of religious life in the Church and to assist girls and women to find God’s particular call for their lives. It is a joint project with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George and the Diocese but it is open to women outside the diocese.
They offer long-term live-in opportunities, spiritual mentoring, retreats, and vocational talks. They just completed a vocational pilgrimage where women and their chaperones visited Catholic shrines and religious communities in the Eastern U.S. (It was so popular there was a waiting list!)
For high school girls, there are summer immersion programs (June 22-28 & July 6-12) where they will get a closer look at religious life.
For girls aged 9 – 13, a retreat (July 1-2) gives them an opportunity to interact with the Sisters and to begin learning about religious life.
Private retreats are available for adult women.