Vocation Discernment Opportunities

Listed below are Men’s and Women’s Communities hosting opportunities for discernment, reflection, prayer and more.  Some have specific dates and others are ongoing (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc). Additionally, we offer a directory of communities that are flexible in welcoming discerners for an experience of community, prayer, service or ministry.

May your heart be open to God’s calling.



Convent Camino – December 8 – 9, 2017

School Sisters of Notre Dame

A Convent Camino is an opportunity for single women ages 18 – 40 to visit with Catholic sisters in their houses and convents. • Discover firsthand how sisters’ communities and ministries are making a positive impact in the world today. • Join sisters for prayer. • Get to know sisters and ask them questions.  Contact: Mary Kay Brooks, SSND , 612-309-6376,  mbrooks@ssnd.org 


Daughters of Charity – Online Advent Retreat – December 10-14, 2017

Event Information:  Meet with via Skype or phone to reflect on the Advent Season and ask questions about discerning religious life. Walk through tools and materials with a retreat director and pray with us. We’re here to meet you where you are, on your time! Open to single Catholic women ages 18-40.

Congregation:          Daughters of Charity

Location:                  Skype or Phone

Contact:                   Sister Virginia Ann Brooks, D.C.  sistervirginiaann.brooks@doc.org or 812-963-7559. Register online at http://called2.be/AdventR17

Dates:                      December 10-14, 2017

Call or email for more details

Come and See – December 29, 2017 to January 2, 1018 
Lake Zurich, IL
Daughters of St. Mary Providence

Event Information:  Discernment Retreat for single women ages 17 to 35

Come…find Him who your heart seeks
& See…..God’s love for you.
A time to pray, listen and experience the life of the Sisters.

Congregation:             Daughters of St. Mary Providence

Location:                    Lake Zurich, IL

Contact:                     Sr. Brenda McHugh, 847-438-5050,  sisterbrendam@gmail.com



Daughters of Charity Online Discernment Group

Event Information:  Online Vocation Discernment Support Group for Women

Congregation:          Daughters of Charity

Location:                  online

Contact:                   Sister Jean Rhoads,  sisterjean.rhoads@doc.org

Dates:                      One Sunday evening a month, 7:30 p.m. Central Time.

Email for more details

Come and Be    Monthly – Last Friday

Event Information:     Come and Be – Women discerning religious life who want to know the School Sisters of Notre Dame through prayer and dialogue  during a meal.

Congregation:             School Sisters of Notre Dame

Contact:                      Sister Mary Kay Brooks, SSND mbrooks@ssnd.org                      







 Ongoing Welcoming Opportunities

Alexian Brothers

The Alexian Brothers are an 800-year-old Congregation that has always worked with the poor, sick, dying, and aged of our society; in other words, the marginalized and unloved.  The Brothers continue to sponsor acute care, behavioral health, care of the elderly, hospice care, rehabilitation, and transitional living programs for those living with HIV/AIDS as well as the mentally ill.  For more detailed information about our Congregation, please visit our website at: www.alexianbrothers.org

We offer personalized week-long come-and-see programs that give those discerning exposure to the community living and prayer life of the Alexian Brothers, especially to our house of formation, as well as exposure to many of our ministries.

For more information, or to arrange a visit, please contact Brother Patrick McCabe, CFA at our Vocations Office at 847-463-8904 (office) or email us at vocations@alexian.net. We look forward to hearing from you and God Bless.

 Benedictine Sisters of Chicago

The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago invite women to spend some quiet time or to pray with us at our monastery, on the far north side of Chicago. Visitors are welcome to join us for Liturgy of the Hours or Eucharist, as well as to spend time alone in personal prayer in our beautiful chapel. Weather permitting, our grounds and gardens provide a setting for reflection or reading, and a labyrinth is available for a contemplative walk. St. Scholastica Monastery is the home of thirty-eight Benedictine women, called to seek God in prayer and community, serving where there is need.  To let us know you are coming, for details, or for further information, please contact Sister Belinda Monahan, O.S.B. at 773-338-7063 or vocation@osbchicago.org.

Cenacle Sisters

The Sisters in our Convent and Retreat Center in Chicago, IL would be delighted to welcome women who are searching to understand how God is calling them into deeper relationship.   In order to discern if religious life is a possibility it’s important to experience the prayer, community life and ministry of sisters.  We welcome women to come for a visit, a meal, prayer — for one day or several.  To find out more please contact Sr. Janice Bemowski, r.c. at vocations@cenaclesisters.org.


Daughters of Charity

The Daughters of Charity throughout the world reach out to those living in Poverty.   Come spend a day serving with us and/or an evening praying and sharing with us.  In Chicago, our sisters serve at our three social agencies:  Marillac House, St. Vincent de Paul Center and St. Joseph Services as well as at De Paul University and in parish and jail ministry.   Come “encounter” those living in poverty.  Come experience the prayer and community life that sustains our ministry.

Contact Sister Jean Rhoads, DC at sisterjean.rhoads@doc.org    314-740-4332  www.daughters-of-charity.com


Daughters of St. Mary of Providence

Come, walk with Jesus and be His hands and heart, extending God’s providential love to persons with Developmental Disabilities.

You are invited to visit our Formation House and the beautiful grounds of Mount Saint Joseph, in Lake Zurich, IL.  You will have an opportunity to meet, talk and pray with those currently in Formation, as well as the Sisters and pray and work with our “special ladies”.

We are an international congregation, founded by St. Louis Guanella in Italy over one hundred years ago.  Our ministry continues in a variety of ways, as we strive to reveal the provident love of God through Works of Mercy toward those who are most in need.

If you have any questions or simply wish to talk or visit, please contact Sr. Brenda McHugh at  sisterbrendam@gmail.com     or 847-438-5050. 

 Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago

For any young women or men interested in Franciscan religious life, our community has ongoing opportunities for discernment. We strive to follow Jesus Christ in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, carrying out works of service to the poor, evangelization, preaching, teaching and Eucharistic Adoration. Please contact Father Bob Lombardo (men) or Sr. Alicia Torres (women) at 773-486-8431 or email fevocations@gmail.com for more information about discernment or visiting. To learn more about the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, please visit our website:  www.FranciscansOfTheEucharist.com.  We look forward to welcoming you!      www.FranciscansoftheEucharistofChicago.com

Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart – Frankfort, IL

Young adult women are welcome to drop by and visit St. Francis Woods, our motherhouse campus. We have several spots conducive to prayer and meditation including an outdoor labyrinth and Stations of the Cross. If you wish to join us in prayer, the Sisters pray at 7:30 am followed by Mass, and at 4:45 pm. We also have weekly Holy Hour for vocations from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Wednesdays and every first Friday of the month from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Contact Information: Sr. Nancy Roberta Schramm, OSF, Phone: 815-464-3848, Email: fsshvocations@aol.com; Sr. Maria Brizuela, OSF, Phone: 815-464-3873, Email: maria.brizuela@presence.org.

Little Company of Mary Sisters

Our community in Evergreen Park (near Chicago) welcomes young women to share prayer, dinner or even just coffee and conversation as you consider different communities in search of where God is calling you.  Our name and mission were inspired by Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the “little company” of faithful followers who remained with her at the foot of the cross on Calvary, offering Jesus and Mary their compassionate presence.  If you are moved to prayer; care for those who are sick, suffering and dying; and reaching out to those in need of healing and compassion, spend some time with us.  See how we, as an International congregation, make visible the healing presence of Jesus to those we serve.  Contact Sister Sharon Ann Walsh, LCM or Mrs. Suzanne Petrouski at 708-229-5095 or vocations@lcmh.org  Website: www.lcmsisters.org

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ

Located in Donaldson, IN, 2 hours east of Chicago or 45 minutes south of South Bend on US 30, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ joyfully welcome women to share prayer, dinner or conversation as you consider different communities in search of where God is calling you. Our congregation was inspired by Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Blessed Catherine Kasper, a peasant woman from Dernbach, Germany who lovingly helped the sick, elderly, the children and the needy of her village and beyond.  Other women followed her and together they professed vows in 1851.  You are most welcome to spend time with us in your discernment of God’s call in your own life as a single, married, or religious woman in service to God’s church and the world.  Today we continue to make a preferential option for the poor and marginalized. We minister in nine countries around the world.  Visit our website at http://www.poorhandmaids.org, our volunteer website at http://www.phjcvolprogram.orgor contact Sr. Connie Bach, PHJC Vocation Director and Volunteer Co-Director at connie.ss@att.net

 Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

A warm welcome from our family to you! As we celebrate more than 130 years of service to and presence with God’s people here in the United States, we are happy to invite you to experience our mission in action!  A lot has changed since our simple beginnings in 1885, but one thing remains constant: our mission to families. Come and experience the heart and soul of a family of women religious with several locations in the Chicago area. The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth invite you to come and experience our ordinary life together in prayer, community and service. Opportunities for day or weekend visits at any of our local communities can be arranged. Visit us on our website at: www.nazarethcsfn.org.

To arrange a visit, contact Sister Theresita Donach at tdonach@nazarethcsfn.org or call her at (847) 298-6760, ext. 223.  Find us on Facebook at Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in the USA.

Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Live joyfully.  Deepen your faith.  Be nurtured in community.  Become your best self as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are a community of Catholic women religious who collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy.  We were founded by a strong woman of faith, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, more than 175 years ago.  Today we minister using our own unique gifts in the United States and in Taiwan.  Our White Violet Center for Eco-Justice ministry strives to teach, are and inspire for all creation (including the alpacas and chickens you’ll meet among the organic gardens at our Indiana motherhouse.)

Do you want to live joyfully? We invite women ages 18 to 42 to join us in our vibrant mission of love, mercy and justice.  Learn more at SistersofProvindence.org or to find us on Facebook at Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.  To arrange a visit or learn more, contact Sister Editha Ben at eben@spsmw.org or 812-230-4771.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are part of an international community.  We arrived in Chicago in 1846.  Along with the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience we have a fourth vow of service to the poor, sick, and uneducated.  Living a life of prayer and service, we respond to the needs of people through health care, education, social work and retreat work.  Our critical concerns are earth, immigration, racism and women.  We welcome women between the ages of 20 and 45 to vowed life and women and men to serve with us as associates.  To arrange a visit, contact Sister Kathleen McClelland, RSM at kmcclelland@mercywmw.orgVisit our website at www.sistersofmercy.org.