Becoming a Sister

Vocation Team

Sr. Leslie Keener, CDP

Coordinator

Do you think you may be hearing a call to religious life?
Sister Lynn Stenken, CDP, shares some wonderful insights about the call to consecrated life that you may find helpful. Listen to this talk by clicking here.

Is God Calling You?

God calls each of us to something.

How is God calling you to bring about the Kingdom of God?

How is God calling you to live and share the Gospel?

The process of trying to answer these questions is called discernment, and we are here to help you with that.

Discernment is not easy, but God does speak through prayer, thoughts and feelings, circumstances, and other people. By listening and praying, we can begin to sense the direction that God is guiding us toward.

Here are some reflection questions to get you started:

  • When do you feel alive and full of energy? What parts of your life feel the most life-giving to you? 
  • What are some things that seem to drain your energy or take life away?
  • Who is God for you? What is your prayer life like?
  • When you think about love and relationships, which pulls the strongest at your heart – one-on-one relationships and friendships or a group of friends? Have you ever belonged to a group of like-minded, like-hearted people? How was that for you? Do you want to belong to a group like that?
  • What kinds of service activities have you done? How do you feel when you do service?
  • When you reflect on your future, what is it that you want the most out of life? What is the deepest longing of your heart?
  • As Sisters of Divine Providence, we all have a story, just like you do, and each one is different. Each of us had some kind of support in our discernment journey, and we hope you have support too. And we are happy to help you as you discern.

We can help you in a variety of ways:

These are all ways to get in touch with your own call and get a glimpse of what life is like as a Sister of Divine Providence.

There are a lot of prayer resources out there to help as well. Reimagining the Examen and Pray As You Go are two apps that are good places to start.

Religious Life?

Are you looking for ways to explore religious life with others? Here are some resources for you to consider:

Vocation Network

vocationnetwork.org

Global Sisters Report

globalsistersreport.org/

National Religious Vocation Conference

nrvc.net/home_page

Newly Professed

Sister Mary Echo Perry

I think my conscious searching began I went to Asbury Theological Seminary in 1996, because I knew I wanted to go into ministry of some kind. I graduated and began to work, but there was something in me that wasn’t satisfied. I felt a stirring that God wanted me to set myself apart for a deeper relationship with him. For many years I resisted. At the time, I was not Catholic, and I had a daughter! In my mind the only way to live a consecrated life to God was to continue living by myself, which was a terrible thought for me at the time. Now I know that God does not ask us to do anything that he does not make a way to do, and all things are done in His time! The first step was to become Catholic. Then I began to explore how to consecrate my life to God. My daughter had become an adult so religious life was now possible for me. Through a discernment process God showed me that I could live consecrated life in community. I began looking for a religious community to join. Initially I discovered the Congregation of Divine Providence on their website and began having discussions with their vocation director. Over the last few years I have been in a discernment process. I have steadily grown in the knowledge that this is the community where I belong. On August 23, 2015 I made my First Profession and became a full member of the CDP’s.​