Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Invitation to Join One of Our Aspirant’s Vocation Story

...let your heart be the more closely united to Christ’s heart, full of mercy and love.  (Pope Francis)
In recent history, as a Church we’ve recognized the shortage of priests and religious serving in the United States.  And as a Church, we’ve prayed daily for new vocations.  There are signs everywhere that God is answering our prayers!  A study completed in 2010 by the National Religious Vocation Conference revealed there are approximately 10,000 young men and women in the U.S. discerning priestly and religious vocations at this moment.  But we have a growing hurdle to these new vocations, one that has impacted this community – student loans.  

Of the 10,000 young men and women currently discerning vocations in the United States, 42% have student loans.  Most dioceses and religious communities cannot take on the amount of student loans carried by these discerners.  Our community is one of them.  In fact, seven out of ten religious communities have had to turn away serious discerners because of student loans.  In reports published in 2012 and 2013, the National Religious Vocation Conference confirms we are losing priestly and religious vocations because of this growing hurdle.

A number of the young women who contact our monastery also have student loans that would prevent them from entering postulancy.  At best, this hurdle delays their continuing formation.  Sr. Mary Isabel’s entrance was delayed until she received assistance with her student loans.  And we have another aspirant working to overcome this same hurdle so she may enter the postulancy.  

Tara Clemens completed her aspirancy in 2010 and is accepted to enter formation.  Only one thing keeps her from beginning her postulancy – her student loans.  While she continues to work full-time, she has also joined with The Labouré Society, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to helping aspirants overcome this hurdle to formation.  Since 2003, TLS has given grants, paid out over the time of an aspirant’s formation, totaling $2.5 million and helped over 250 young men and women enter formation.  And those numbers are growing.  

If you have prayed for vocations, you have prayed for Tara and her fellow aspirants.  Because of prayers from the faithful, God is raising up workers for the harvest—young men and women who desire to dedicate themselves to pray for and serve the Church, and proclaim the Good News to the world. 

But financial assistance is needed to deliver these vocations to the vineyard.  Between now and December 31st, Tara is fundraising with other young men and women who have also discerned vocations, but are currently prevented from entering formation.  How wonderful if they could all enter formation next year!  To that end, she has a personal goal of raising $60,000 for The Labouré Society before December 31st.  Your support is truly supporting the future of our Church and our world.  Will you help?

Please prayerfully consider making a tax-deductible donation to The Labouré Society in Tara’s honor and share this invitation with your friends, family, and parish.  Let’s finish this year by helping deliver these vocations to formation!


Brothers and Sisters: 
We, in Christ and individually parts of one another...
Serve the Lord...
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones...
(Rom. 12:5,11,13)


1 comment:

  1. JMJ

    Dear Sisters,


    In Mary,