VISION E-Vocation Newsletter

April 2010

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Find your way home


"IT JUST FELT LIKE HOME" is a common response among men and women religious when asked how they knew which community was right for them. The chance to visit a community and meet members face to face can be a life-changing experience. It is without question an essential step in your discernment.

Communities offer many ways to get to know their members and learn about their spirituality and way of life, including prayer nights, meet-and-greet days, come-and-see weekends, spiritual retreats, and educational and service programs.

We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities. You will gain insight into yourself and the community. Most important, you will get a better sense of where God is calling you.

To find opportunities in your area or among the communities to which you feel drawn, go to VISION's Opportunity Calendar, or go through to see which of your matching communities have posted opportunities on VISION (if a community has an upcoming event, you will see a little chainlink icon running along the top of the listing).

Important note to Vocation Directors: Don't forget to post your upcoming discernment, service, and educational events on VISION's website. Click here to do so. It's quick and easy!

Seeing the Spirit at work in the world

Recent Posts on our SpiritCitings blog:

By way of inviting, please link to VISION

A SIMPLE WAY to invite others to consider a church vocation is to include a link to VISION Vocation Guide ( on your ministry, parish, or community websites and on your blogs and social networking pages. The VISION Vocation Network is dedicated to providing seekers with information and tools they can use to determine where God is calling them.

Religious Life Timeline available online

religiouslifetimeline1.jpgVISION's popular Religious Life Timeline is available in a downloadable pdf format on online at the VISION website. Please feel free to copy and distribute.

Vocation Directors:
it's not too late to reserve space in VISION 2011 

PLEASE DON"T DELAY. Call us at 1-800-942-2811 or email your reservation to For more information and to download the current rate card, click here.

Get in STEP

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. For more information go to the STEP homepage.


Editors are standing by

VISION READERS, please let us know what more we can do to help you in your discernment or ministry. We welcome your feedback. Contact



Sister Julie answers your vocation questions:
How do I discern a vocation? 
Ask Alice about Catholicism:
What is original sin?

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------------------------+ DISCERNERS: We encourage you to send your profile to the communities with whom you match when you go through VocationMatch. Vocation Directors are skilled at helping people discern their vocation and are happy to help even if you are newly discerning or unsure just where you are being called.

BLOGGERS: Please send us the links to your blogs so we can add them to VISION's extensive Blog Index.

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