On the 21st of each month, the Sisters of Christian Charity in the Western Region receive a reminder to pray for vocations, and to thank God for the vocation of each Sister. Weinvite you to join us in prayer for those discerning their vocation to religious life.
Please click on the image at left to view this month's reminder.
On March 3 a group of SCC novices from Mendham, NJ arrived at Sacred Heart Convent in Wilmette, IL. They stopped for a visit before continuing their journey to the "Here I Am Lord" Conference in St. Charles, IL.
Meanwhile in Wilmette... the rest of the weekend was dedicated to our own "Here I Am Lord" activities: a day of reflection on our lives as SCC, an open house at Josephinum Convent, and a concert at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Chicago.
The Core Committee (not pictured - Sr. Juliana)
The novitiate had time for converation with our visitors in the parlor.
The Abbey Youth Festival is an apostolic service of St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College in New Orleans. It is designed to provide young people with an opportunity to experience a day of prayer and faith formation with an exposure to the Benedictine tradition; representatives from other religious communities also are present. Its focus is evangelization and vocational discernment by means of Liturgy, prayer, worship, music and education appropriate for Catholic young people ages 13 and up.
Three SCCs were present at the 2017 Abbey Youth Fest.
During the first two weeks of December Sr. Juliana and Sr. Monica attended an international meeting of SCC formators in Paderborn, Germany. It was not all meetings; the group was able to do a little sightseeing, too.
Yes, there were meetings...
...and discussions about new materials.
Most importantly the Sisters had the opportunity to spend time at the grave of Mother Pauline von Mallinckrodt.
A short walk from our motherhouse in Paderborn is a marker featuring Luise Hensel - a poet and a very influential teacher of young Pauline.
Here are the SCC formators of Germany, South America and the USA - with Sr. Maria del Rosario (upper left).
Vocation Fairs Vocation fairs are an opportunity to meet different religious communities. Your local Catholic newspaper provides information as to the time and place of these gatherings. Drop in and visit with religious men and women ... including Sisters of Christian Charity!
"Calling Sixth Graders" - Sr. Theresa Marie is ready to meet 6th graders from the Dubuque area.
"Here I Am" conference in St. Charles, IL - Sr. Carol and Sr. Dolores were well prepared with handouts for visiting students.
"Abbey Youth Fest" in New Orleans, LA - Sr. M. Joanne represented the SCC at this outdoor event.
As a rule, the woman seeking entrance into our community should be at least twenty (20) years of age. The minimum of a high school education is required, however, work experience and independent living are also recommended. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis, but ordinarily, the maximum age limit for entrance is fifty (50) years of age. Areas which will determine acceptance or non-acceptance are: health, ministerial aptitude, relationship with God, flexibility, openness to change and readiness for Formation.
The first year, which is calledPostulancy, is a transition year. The woman lives in Community with the Sisters, but usually continues her ministry or education. During that time she also learns more about prayer, religious life, community and herself in order to continue discerning her call.
The next two years are called Novitiate. In the first year, the canonical year, the woman ceases to work or study full-time. The purpose is to have a year of intense prayer, study and reflection to grow in deeper knowledge and union with the one calling her ... Jesus Christ.
In the second year of Novitiate, the woman has an experience of ministry by living and working with our Sisters somewhere other than the House of Formation for a period of 8-10 weeks. After this time she continues with her education for professional ministry and preparation for vows. If she has already had experience in ministry and is finished with her professional preparation, a different process of experience will be developed for her specifically. She will still prepare for vows in a like manner. At the end of these three years, if both the woman and the community feel it is appropriate for her to continue, she would prepare and profess vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience for a period of one year. This marks the beginning of the next phase of formation which leads to the perpetual profession of the vows.