VISION E-Vocation Newsletter

October 2009

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AMONG THE MANY MEDIA inquiries VISION staff has received in the past hectic month was a request for someone who had gone through VocationMatch, found a community, and had educational debt to pay off--not too specific!

Fortunately, the Dominicans of the Central Province came through with a candidate, and the result was an excellent interview with Dominican Vocation Director Father Andrew-Carl Wisdom and a young man looking into life as a Dominican.

Thanks to CBS reporter Vince Gerasole and his cameraman for weaving together such an interesting and informative news story about the challenge debt plays in the lives of those discerning a religious vocation. Click on the image to view the video.

cbs2chicago_debt.jpgThanks also to those of you--discerners and communities alike--
who have let me know of your availability for media interviews. Please keep the names coming for future reference. Email

VISION to launch blog in Spanish

OUR BLOGS are merging and expanding at the same time. Starting in mid-November, VISION's three English blogs will merge into one under the title of SpiritCitings: Seeing the Spirit at work in the world. We will also introduce a Spanish language blog along the same vein but with a specific focus on stories of interest to Latino/a discerners. More info to come in November.

We're also looking to expand our resources section on our Spanish and French sites. Please send suggested links that would be of particular interest to Spanish- or French-speaking Catholics discerning religious life to


NRVC/CARA Study on Recent Vocations
captures attention of U.S. Catholic bishops

HOLY CROSS Brother Paul Bednarczyk, Executive Director of the National Religious Vocation Conference, has been invited by Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap. to address a November assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Br. Paul will report on the NRVC/CARA Study on Recent Vocations to Religious Life. The unusual honor for someone other than a bishop to directly address the Conference seems to indicate a priority the bishops will give the NRVC's landmark research. For more on the NRVC/CARA study, go to

Brush up your knowledge of Catholicism
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.

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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 does a religious community start?  More online . . .

Ask Alice about Catholicism
For those who have gone before: Why pray for the dead?
More online . . .

From our blogs

St. Joseph Sister Sr. Helen Prejean's vocation is put to music.  More online . . .

Sisters of St. Mary of Namur set the record straight.
More online . . .

Where the dead never looked better: the Capuchin Catacombs.
More online . . .

Keep in Mind

+ We've refined our filters. Please go through VocationMatch again if you were not satisfied with your matches last month. As long as you log in with the same email and password you originally created, your previous answers will automatically appear in your profile. You may then adjust or filter your responses to find suitable community matches. 

+ 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.

+ Join our ADVENT conversation: What are you waiting for? More info to come in mid-November on our SpiritCitings blog.

+ 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.
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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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