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Becoming a Sister

photo Sister Gloria and Sister Mary

Are you awakening to God’s pull at your heart to follow a religious vocation?

Your exploration into becoming a Dominican sister is unique to you and yet universal with others who are also discerning their vocation options to be who God created them to be.

If you are interested, contact me for companioning on your journey.

Sr. Mary Yun

(213) 760-3085
Mary@msjdominicans.org

Discernment Journey

Have these thoughts or questions been going through your mind? How can I bring my deepest passions to a world in great need and infinite possibility? I feel I want to make a difference in people’s lives and to share God’s love with them. Could religious life be my path? If so, you might be discerning a call to religious life.

The Path

Alive in God’s mystery, our lives and spirit are nourished by the dynamic interplay of prayer, community, study, and ministry.

We believe all meaningful relationships are rooted in trust: trust in yourself, in your environment, in your community, in your capabilities and most importantly, in your heart. The path to becoming a sister is a sacred journey that requires an open heart.

The journey includes these primary milestones:

  • Candidacy: A beginning lived experience of Dominican life and ministry. You will live in a community and still manage your own expenses. The candidacy process usually lasts a year and will move on to the next step as both parties see fit.
  • Novitiate: Two years of spiritual development, study, growth in understanding, and living our Dominican religious life, including one year at the Dominican Collaborative Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Temporary Profession: A deepening lived commitment of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience through life in community and active ministry prior to perpetual profession.
  • Perpetual Profession: A sister’s sacred and public witness of her vowed commitment to God through the charism and mission of the congregation.

photo of Sister Mary YunWhere do we go now?

If you are interested, contact me for companioning on your journey.

Come visit us! Visit one of our local communities and share a meal or pray with our sisters. Contact me, Sister Mary Yun, Vocation Director, at 213-760-3085 or email me and register for all Vocation events at http://bit.ly/discernRLife.

You are invited to attend our discernment retreats in either Southern California or Northern California. Attending our retreats is simply a way to become familiar with our lives and provides an opportunity to ask questions.

"We are women of the word, uniquely individual who choose to walk together reaching out to spread the light" (24th General Chapter Direction Statement).

If your heart or spirit resonates with these values, please contact us.

 

Upcoming Opportunities

Come and See Days, Southern California

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 1:00pm

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Do you want to be a Catholic religious sister? Do you feel God tugging at your heart? If you are a single, Catholic woman between the ages of 18 to 40, consider spending a weekend or a day with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

Come and learn about religious life!

Our events are as follows:

Southern California (near Pasadena, Flintridge Sacred Heart Convent)

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 1:00pm
 

Northern California (Fremont, Motherhouse)

Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:00am-4:00pm

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 4:00pm to Sunday, August, 26, 2018 - 1:00pm

In Her Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Women from all walks of life continue to be called to religious life and they respond with a bold YES! This is an opportunity to listen to the voices and experience of young women religious. Learn more about their values, realities and the hopes that are part of their calling.

This book summarizes conversations with women religious, aged 50 and younger from different congregations. At this presentation, panelists will discuss how they understand their role in the world today and how working together promotes the Kingdom of God. An open dialogue with the audience and sharing of insights will follow.

RSVP by May 1, 2018 and register at http://bit.ly/2018OwnWords or call (510) 933-6360

In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World is available for purchase from Liturgical Press at https://litpress.org/Products/4520