October 10, 2019
According to the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) in the year 2018 there were 240 women and men who professed Final Vows in a religious institute as well as 178 women who entered the formation process. This is the third year in a row that more than 200 men and women have made final profession, and projections so far in 2019 suggest this will continue.
As we focus on inviting the next generation, two resources that are readily available are the VISION Vocation magazine for 2020 and E-Vōc, our monthly electronic newsletter. If you would like a copy of Vision, please email S. Monica Gundler. E-Vōc is available on the Sisters of Charity home page (www.srcharitycinti.org). Both are helpful resources for discernment and connection with religious congregations.
In addition, the women in temporary profession have for some time been our advocates in taking up the challenge of regular writing for a variety of publications including E-Vōc, the Future of Charity blog, the Vocation/Formation section of Update and posting on social media.
At the national gathering of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious this summer, the presentations focused on the changing reality of religious life across the globe and the priorities for our journey forward in the face of many unknowns. During her keynote address, S. Sharlet Wagner, CSC, talked of the need to be open to the next generation: “How well do we enable those coming to us from different
realities to be fully themselves?” she asked.
She concluded her address with a look ahead, noting that it is not “ours to direct the future of religious life” nor to “create a plan for the new to emerge,” but rather to “create a space for the new to emerge” (https://lcwr.org/).
As we look at our own processes for vocation and formation along with our Sisters in the Charity Federation, we hope to heed this invitation as we “hazard yet forward.”
S. Monica Gundler
Debunking Religious Life Myths
It’s National Vocation Awareness Week! Throughout the week the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati will be refuting myths about vocations to religious life.