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Five Steps on the Journey of Discernment

Suggested Books on Discernment

By Rachael Marie Collins

Called by God

By Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV:

The Discernment of Spirits:

An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living

Discerning the Will of God:

An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making

Spiritual Consolation:

An Ignatian Guide for the Greater Discernment of Spirits

By Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap.


A Positive Approach to Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom


The Authority of the Word

By Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.
“…And You Are Christ’s”:

The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life

By Sr. Clare Matthiass, CFR

Discerning Religious Life

By Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

How to Listen When God Is Speaking:

A Guide for Modern-Day Catholics

By Fr.Marko Ivan Rupnik, SJ

“…And You Are Christ’s”:

The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life

By Fr. Jacques Philippe

Interior Freedom
In the School of the Holy Spirit
Called to Life

By Fr. Michael Scanlan

What Does God Want? A Practical Guide to Making Decisions T.O.R.
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St. Theresa Catholic Church

Samuel Group

A discernment group for young women

Because of COVID 19 this program will be also offered virtually for those who need or prefer it. The in-person meetings will be held in the big church, even if we are a small group, and the meal will be at Memorial Park outside St. Theresa’s church.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, you are called! It might be the call to build a family here on earth (with a husband and children) or a spiritual family (with a community), or remaining single but with a mission focused on God’s plan for you.
If you go through the right discernment process you should be able to hear God’s voice inside you.

What are the formal stages in joining a religious community?

Most congregations follow this: pre-postulant, postulant, novitiate, temporary vows, final vows.

What are some fears that might come during the discernment process?
What is consecrated life?
What is a religious sister?

A religious sister or nun is someone who lives a consecrated life in an order or institute.
The Holy Spirit sent many gifts to the church during the centuries so there are many different charisms (gifts). Some of the religious congregations have a contemplative life and others a more active life.

Is consecrated life more valuable for God than married life?
How long does it take to become a consecrated woman/religious woman?

It depends on each congregation. It could take 6-12 years before the final vows.

What does the life of a religious sister look like?

The daily life of the sisters can be slightly different from each community depending on their charism. They usually wake up early and begin their day with morning prayers – most communities pray the liturgy of the hour twice a day, morning and evening, and attend Mass daily. They also commit at least one hour of personal prayer daily. They share community life with one another, which helps them to live in simplicity and dependence. Together they establish a rhythm of life in a community that ensures a balance in prayer, ministry, recreation, and leisure, and which allows time and space for reflection.

Some vocation stories


Price: $40
Holy Name Retreat Center 07. 11. 2021.

A one-day silent retreat on St. Ignatius' Rules on Discernment. Tools will be provided to confidently listen to God.

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Price: $40
St. Theresa Catholic Church 14. 09. 2021.

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St. Theresa Catholic Church 14. 09. 2021.

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St. Joseph Catholic Church 28. 09. 2021.

A chance to listen to the Heart of Jesus. Eucharistic adoration, passionate praise and worship, and the opportunity to pray with prophetically gifted prayer teams.

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