The Conclusion of One Chapter and Beginning of Another

Entrance Pic

The day has come – tomorrow I enter!  I must confess, I’ve put off this post, because I wasn’t sure what to say.  So many thoughts and feelings… Gratitude and joy, first and foremost, to God for granting me the grace to take these steps across the cloister threshold, and for those He has brought […]

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

It’s the update we’ve been waiting for and I hope you will share my joy  – I am free to enter formation at Corpus Christi Monastery‼  Thanks to the prayers and support of many, and in particular for The Labouré Society and those who generously support their work, my student loans are now resolved and […]

Counting Blessings

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My last class with The Labouré Society recently ended – my head is still spinning and my heart is still swelling with gratitude to God and those who stepped forward to help me finish strong!  And right now I am so excited to be sitting in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the next class of twelve aspirants, this […]

So Close!

TClemens (Winter 2014)

It’s been very busy these past few months, and the last two weeks have been very exciting!  God is doing some amazing things and I am so excited to be able to share them with you!  We are within striking distance of reaching the fundraising goal I need to achieve for this to be my […]

I Left My Heart in San Francisco…

It wasn’t that long ago I spent the first days of Lent inside the cloister at Corpus Christi Monastery.  As part of the discernment process, many cloistered communities have a required “live-in” period that a young woman must complete called an aspirancy.  The purpose is to give the young woman a little more insight and […]

The Vocation of Men

Saint Joseph

When I first began discerning my vocation, I had many doubts and questions, but one seemed to loom larger than the rest – how could I live without experiencing motherhood?  Then one afternoon, I had EWTN on in my house while I was doing some chores; I heard a young sister begin sharing her vocation […]

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

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        Born between 397 and 390 A.D., St. Patrick was kidnapped from the British mainland around age 16, and shipped to Ireland as a slave. Sent to the mountains as a shepherd, he spent his time in the field in prayer. After six years of this life, he had a dream in […]

Delay of Vocations for Religious Who Professed Perpetual Vows in 2013

Education Expense

A recent study reveals that of those who professed perpetual vows in 2013 (meaning they entered an average of six to eight years ago), approximately 10% of them were delayed in entering formation by an average of 2 years because of student loans. Today, one in three applicants to religious communities have student loans; how […]

Happy Feast Day!

Thomas Aquinas

Families, Vocations, and Sacraments, Oh My!

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No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love.  Pope Francis, Message for the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations As my fellow aspirants and I finished the last fundraising […]