Women from across country explore religious life

June 12, 2016 by

"Inquirers" and Sisters of St. Joseph gather Saturday afternoon for an educational session in the fourth-floor "Rose Room" at the Nazareth Motherhouse. Standing, from left, are Sisters Lorren Harbin, Marcia Allen and Dian Hall.

“Inquirers” and Sisters of St. Joseph gather Saturday afternoon for an educational session in the fourth-floor “Rose Room” at the Nazareth Motherhouse. Standing, from left, are Sisters Lorren Harbin, Marcia Allen and Dian Hall.

During what may be considered the busiest weekend of the year at the Nazareth Motherhouse, the Sisters of St. Joseph are hosting eight women interested in learning more about religious life.

The “inquirers” are from California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Washington, and have been invited to take part in the sisters’ Assembly on Friday, Saturday’s profession ceremony and Mass and today’s Jubilee celebration. There have also been information sessions and introductions throughout the weekend.

Sister Marcia Allen leads a discussion titled "What is a Sister of St. Joseph?" during Saturday's information session at the Motherhouse.

Sister Marcia Allen leads a discussion titled “What is a Sister of St. Joseph?” during Saturday’s information session at the Motherhouse.

The event was organized by the congregation’s vocations co-directors, Sisters Dian Hall and Lorren Harbin.

The Concordia sisters host vocations events most years at the Motherhouse, which in recent years have included “Come and See” weekends, Agrégée Information Day and Exploration Weekend. But this is the first time such an event has been timed to coincide with the congregation’s annual June celebrations, when the Sisters of St. Joseph “come home” to the Concordia Motherhouse.

The idea, according to Sister Lorren, was to allow the inquirers to meet as many Sisters of St, Joseph as possible, and to “put these women in a setting where they may gather a sense of whether this is a calling for them and if we are a potential fit for their search in deepening their spirituality.”

Sisters and candidates for membership also took part in most of the informational sessions, Sister Dian said. “It shows how excited we are to have these women visiting us and considering religious life.”

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  1. Kathy Schaefer on June 16th, 2016 9:54 am

    Thank you S Dian Hall & S Lorren Harbin,

    For all you do for vocations, and all the Sister’s who gave talks, and for Sarah Jenkins, all the great photos. It was a beautiful weekend.

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