Religious sisters offer virtual open houses for vocation discernment

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor.

To celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week Nov. 1-7, local religious orders are hosting virtual open houses via Zoom. In place of traditional meet and greets, the sisters are inviting young adults to drop in on calls to learn more about religious life and specific communities.

Of the 14 participating orders, three are from Northern Kentucky. The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg, the Sisters of Divine Providence and the Sisters of Notre Dame are all taking part in the opportunity to share their spirituality, their ministries and their daily life with curious young adults.

Sister Leslie Keener, vocations director for the Sisters of Divine Providence said people often ask about the sisters’ prayer life, experience in ministry, what’s it like to live in community and about the vows they take. This is a new event, since their congregation usually hosts events like dinners in the spring.

“One of the gifts of being a vocation director is to go out and about and talk about this life that I love, and an event like this gives me an opportunity to do that and to interact with different people,” she said. “The gift of doing the program this way is that people don’t have to be local — anybody can be in on it and we get to meet all the different people.”

Sister Ruth Lubbers, assistant vocation director for the Sisters of Notre Dame, said their national vocation team members will be present for the events to share about their charism and mission and to address questions that participants may have.

“We are looking forward to meeting women through these events and sharing about the Sisters of Notre Dame. We are interested in seeing how this type of event works out, and if it fills the needs of those discerning religious life,” she said.

All the meet and greets are free but pre-registration is required. Registration can be found here.

Virtual open houses
Women discerning a vocation to religious life, mark your calendar to meet and greet the following religious communities:

Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg
Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 5, 12 p.m.

Sisters of Divine Providence
Nov. 1, 1 p.m.
Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

Sisters of Notre Dame
Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
Nov. 7, 10 a.m.