Helpful Resources When Considering a Religious Vocation

Several reflection questions

  • Have you ever felt an urge to consider Catholic religious life as a sister?
  • Have you ever felt like there was more out there then what you are doing already?
  • Have you ever longed to spend time with others seeking God in community living?
  • Do you desire to live more simply in a Catholic environment?

Some helpful books to read

Following Your Inner Call, Quentin Hakenwerth, Chicago: National Coalition for Church Vocation, 1981.

Seeking God, Esther de Waal, Collegeville, Minn.: The Liturgical Press, 1984.

The Discerning Heart: The Art of Exploring the Christian Path, Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au, New York: Paulist Press, 2006.

The Art of Discernment: Making Good Decisions in your World of Choices, Stefan Kiechle, Notre Dame, Ind.: Ave Maria Press, 2005.

Wisdom Distilled from the Daily:Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today, Joan Chittister, OSB, New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1990.

Monastic Practices, Charles Cummings, OCSO, Kalamazoo, Mich.: Cistercian Publications, 1986.

Vocations Anonymous: A Handbook for Adults Discerning Priesthood and Religious Life, Kathy Bryant, Chicago: National Coalition for Church Vocation, 1997.

The Rule of St. Benedict, Insight for the Ages, Joan Chittister, OSB, New York: Crossroad Publishing Co., 1992.

Weeds Among the Wheat, Thomas Green, SJ, Notre Dame, Ind.: Ave Maria Press, 1970.

Cherish Christ Above All: The Bible in the Rule of Benedict, Demetrius Dumm, OSB, New York: Paulist Press, 1996.

Life Lessons from the Monastery, Jerome Kodell, OSB, Frederick, Md. The Word Among Us Press, 2010.