Hello! My name is Sister Joseph Marie of the Child Jesus and I am presently the Directress of Vocations and Mistress of Novices at Corpus Christi Monastery located in the heart of California near Stanford University (and Facebook!)
It has been a humbling experience for me to accompany the young women who are at various stages of their vocation discernment and religious formation. These are women who have expressed their deep hunger to pursue God and it is my joy and privilege to walk with these women on this most blessed path of growing in deeper union with God.
The love of God and the thirst for the salvation of souls inspire me to consecrate myself totally to God. And the Charisms of the Order of Preachers: prayer, study and community life were the magnets that drew me to the Dominican contemplative life in our monastery.
Prayer touches the Divine and the hungry heart can only be satisfied with the nourishment that the Divine alone can provide. The nuns recognize the need to draw forth God's grace by prayer and study as we pray to love the God whom we know, and we study to know the God we love.
Community life helps us to hold all things in common so that we can be free for God alone. It is by sacrifices accepted that the contemplative nuns acquire purifying virtues and their faithful love of God is perfected. None of us is perfect, holy or "qualified" to be called to this way of life but Jesus assures us: "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit...fruit that will last..."
If you are a single woman between the ages of 20-40 and are seeking a deeper commitment to prayer, reparation and study, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be very happy to assist you. I hope that you will find many helpful Vocation Resourcess on our website. It would be helpful for you to attend our Discernment Day Jan 2015 to meet the nuns, learn more about the Charisms of the Order, the Monastic life and our life of prayer, or call me at (650) 322-1801 ext. 19 and set up an appointment to just come and see!
I also encourage you to consecration yourself totally to Mary and pray the Rosary daily to our Lady who is, as our Holy Father Pope Francis pointed out: "the Woman of the 'yes.' Mary said 'yes' throughout her life! She learned to recognize Jesus' voice from the time when she carried him in her womb. May Mary, our Mother, help us to know Jesus' voice better and better and to follow it, so as to walk on the path of life!"
As women of the Word, we can bring forth life to our world dying of hunger for God. If you are touched by the power of God's grace and the Spirit of God calling you to a deeper and intimate union with the Divine, may you heed his voice and draw closer to him by responding generously so that together we may be life-givers to our world, to the Order of Preachers, and to our Holy Mother Church!
Be assured of our daily prayers for you before our Eucharistic King and Lord!