VISION E-Vocation Newsletter

September 2009

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Looking to interview men and women who have had success finding a community with the help of

THE EDITORS OF VISION have received several inquiries recently from print and broadcast journalists interested in interviewing and/or filming people who have used as a tool in their discernment and are now affiliated with a community (as a candidate,  postulant, novice, or professed member). Please contact Patrice Tuohy at if you (or those with whom you are working) are willing to be interviewed and/or filmed about's role in discernment.

Important Note: We have an immediate need for someone in the Chicago area for an Oct. 5 television interview and in the D.C. area for a short video.


NRVC study on recent vocations
receives much media attention

THE NATIONAL RELIGIOUS VOCATION CONFERENCE--VISION Vocation Guide's sponsoring organization--released the findings of their landmark Study on Recent Vocations to Religious Life conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The New York Times, Associated Press, Catholic News Service, National Public Radio, Relavant radio, and podcast were among the many media outlets to report on the study.

Among the study's major findings:

+ New members bring increased ethnic, cultural diversity, strong desire for communal living, prayer, and Catholic identity.

+ An overwhelming 85 percent say what attracted them to a community was its members, citing their sense of joy, commitment, and zeal.

+ Many younger members report not having known men and women religious when they first felt drawn toward that life.

+ Despite the challenges of diminishing numbers, generational differences, and diverse ministries, new members express hope in the future of religious life.

Learn more about the study and what others are saying about it at the NRVC's website, Find links to articles and broadcasts mentioned above on the Study Media Information webpage. Please feel free to send comments and questions about the study to Patrice Tuohy at

VISION continues its partnership with STEP's online theology program

YOUR CONNECTION WITH VISION as a discerner, Vocation Director, religious educator, member of a religious institute allows you to receive discounted rates on online theology courses offered through the University of Notre Dame's STEP program. Update and renew your knowledge of the Catholic faith with convenient and affordable online classes. For more information go to the STEP homepage.

Order free VISION bookmarks & posters

IF YOU haven't done so already, please order your FREE VISION 2010 vocation materials. Order online at:, email your order to, or call in your order to 800-942-2811.

VISION answers your questions

Sister Julie answers your vocation questions
How to pay for seminary?  More online . . .

Ask Alice about Catholicism
What's the difference between set prayers and prayers in my own words? More online . . .

From our blogs

Aspiring nun runs for her religious life--and to reduce her student debt.  More online . . .

Sisters without borders: Sisters of Mercy provide mercy and compassion to illegal immigrants. More online . . .

Cooking priest vs. celebrity chef: And the winner is . . .
More online . . .

Keep in Mind

+ Please don't forget to check our Opportunities section. 

See what service and discernment events are happening in your area.

Vocation Directors,
Please post notices of upcoming events--it's easy and free! Your Opportunities are linked to your listing in VocationMatch.

+ Bloggers of all stripes, send us the links to your blogs so we can add them to VISION's growing Blog index.

+ Explore our expanding vocation discernment video library on the VISION Vocation Guide Youtube channel.
Vocation Directors, remember
that we also post your short (under 2 minutes) video alongside you VISION online listing for free. Please send videos to

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