Discernment

"Let us join in prayer and ask the Lord to help us discover His plan of love for our lives, and to grant us the courage to walk in the path that, from the beginning, he has chosen for each of us."

- Pope Francis

Is God calling you?

The word “discernment” comes from the Latin “discernere” which means “to separate.” When you discern religious life, you set apart time to pray, reflect and discover God’s plan.

This journey of discernment is a search for intimacy with God, an intimacy that brings interior freedom. For the love of God and neighbor you strive to become the best version of yourself that you can be. You seek to love life in service and responsibility to others. It is a courageous decision to respond to Jesus and to live the Beatitudes radically by doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason.

As you discern, look for peace in your heart. If everyone waited for absolute certainty before making a commitment, no one ever would. An inner peace - even in the midst of lingering uncertainty - will reveal God’s call to you. Seek peace, not certainty.

Is there a deep stirring within you to give yourself to God? Are you willing to allow God to use you as His instrument? Do you desire to bring the light of Christ in service to others? Then you may be called to religious life.

 

Is this life for you?

We are consecrated women, unafraid of confronting the challenges encountered in the world of youth. Our simple but deep prayer life, strong community life, and youth-centered ministry give us the strength and energy we need to face these challenges.

How do you discern with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco?

First, entrust your discernment to Mary Help of Christians. She is a gentle guide and loving mother. Next, take a leap of faith and contact us. We are here to help you discover God’s will in your life, whatever it may be. This contact can be the Vocation Directress, a member of the Vocation Team or a Sister from a nearby community. Then, come and visit us! There is no better way to see if the shoe fits then to try it on. You are invited to participate in our Come and See events and/or Salesian Vocation Experience, our summer discernment program. If event dates are inconvenient for you, we can schedule an alternative visit. As we journey together, keep trusting that the Lord has a plan of love for your life and know of our many prayers for you and your discernment.