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VISION E-Vocation Newsletter

September 2010


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vision_2011small.jpgMust-read features in the 2011 VISION Vocation Guide
in print and online

NEW SECTION: A positive influence in my life
Lady Gaga
, Mariska Hargitay, Cokie Roberts, Marlo Thomas, and the late Tim Russert weigh in on why religious priests, nuns, sisters, brothers matter. 

ARTICLES NOT TO BE MISSED:langeartist.jpg
- MEDIA REVIEW: "Inspired images" See the stunning photos of the work of sisters, brothers, and priests who are visual artists: In the printed guide on p. 66, or view the article in VISION's digital edition. Also please go to the VISION website to see the work of additional artists and learn more about the featured artists.
pieperstainedglass-4.jpg- PRAYER & DISCERNMENT:
Finding the right fit  . . .
- RELIGIOUS LIFE:
The secret to a balanced life
. . .
- PRIESTS:
My community makes me the priest I am 
- SISTERS: Joy I never expected . . .
- BROTHERS: Brotherhood mad simple . . .
- MISIONARIES:
Catholics thriving in a Muslim world
. . .
- BEING CATHOLIC:
Reclaiming the rosary
. . .
- THE ART OF DISCERNMENT:
Mysterious encounters  . . .

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If you haven't done so, please order your v11bookmarksmall.jpgVISION 2011 vocation guides and
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Copies of all resources are still available. Order online at vocation-network.org/ordersemail us, or call 800-942-2811. Next shipment date is Sept. 15, 2010.

 

VISION Vocation Trends survey in progress

SOME PRELIMINARY FINDINGS:

telephone.jpg- DON'T BE AFRAID TO CALL: Old and young still prefer email or an old-fashioned telephone call (no, we don't mean texting, either) when it comes to vocation-related communicating. 

- SERIOUS THINKERS: More than 17 percent of discerners responding plan on entering a formation program in the next year and another 60 percent are seriously or very seriously discerning a religious vocation.

Complete results will be compiled and distributed in the next few weeks. The survey is still open, so if you haven't responded, please do. Your input is welcome. Email us if you haven't received your invitation to participate, and we will send you a link to the 2010 VISION Vocation Trends survey.

 

Looking for something to do this month?
Check out the Opportunity Calendar for upcoming vocation events, retreats, programs

oppcalendar.jpgTo find upcoming opportunities in your area or among the communities to which you feel drawn, go to VISION's Opportunity Calendar, or go through VocationMatch.com 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: Please don't forget to post your upcoming discernment, service, and educational events on VISION's website. Click here to do so.


Wonder what priests, brothers, and
sisters do all day? Follow our blog:
SpiritCitings: 
Seeing the Spirit at work in the world


RECENT POSTS:

Short takes

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visionposter_2011smallest.jpgRELIGIOUS LIFE TIMELINE available in a downloadable pdf format on online at the VISION website. Please feel free to copy and distribute.

visionposter_2011smallest.jpgDISCOUNTED RATES ON THEOLOGY COURSES 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.


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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 pjtuohy@truequest.biz.

Please share your own stories on the positive influence priest, brothers, sisters had on you. Email your stories to: jschorn@truequest.biz.




KEEP IN MIND

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U.S. Bishops place VISION VOCATION NETWORK on their list of TOP 10 Vocation Websites!

Click here for the complete USCCB list.

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LOOK WHO'S INTERESTED
IN RELIGIOUS LIFE

Click here for VISION reader statistics from the past four years--since the inception of VocationMatch.com

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GOT QUESTIONS?
VISION HAS ANSWERS.

Sister Julie answers your vocation questions:
Can I keep doing my music when I enter religious life?

Ask Alice about Catholicism: 
What does “salvation history” mean?

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Remember that we will include a short (under 2 minutes) video alongside your VISION online listing for free. We'll also post it on VISION's youtube channel. Please send videos to pjtuohy@truequest.biz.


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A PIECE OF YOUR MIND

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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.
 
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