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JULY 2015 VISION E-Vocation Newsletter 



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Greenspeak
Laudato si' calls for dialogue on the care of our common home

THE POPE'S highly anticipated encyclical on the environment boldly tells the world that we need each other and we need nature. Among the many calls to action within Laudato Si' is the call for diaglogue: "The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers. This should spur religions to dialogue among themselves for the sake of protecting nature, defending the poor, and building networks of respect and fraternity.

"Dialogue among the various sciences is likewise needed," says Francis, "since each can tend to become enclosed in its own language. . . . An open and respectful dialogue is also needed between the various ecological movements, among which ideological conflicts are not infrequently encountered.

"The gravity of the ecological crisis demands that we all look to the common good, embarking on a path of dialogue which demands patience, self-discipline and generosity, always keeping in mind that “realities are greater than ideas.”

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Today's Catholic Sisters
WHO THEY ARE. WHY WE NEED THEM.

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You're invited to attend a half-day at one of four venues across the country to learn about the newest generation of Catholic sisters and why we need them now more than ever. Hear remarkable stories from these modern women who have answered the call, and learn how they perceive their mission.

These unique gatherings, hosted by NRVC during the Year of Consecrated Life and made possible due to the generosity of the GHR Foundation, will feature several young sisters, along with the authors of New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity.

A Q & A session and raffle will follow the main presentation. Refreshments will be served. This is an excellent chance to generate support for Catholic sisters now and in the future. Please plan on attending--and bring friends!

Schedule
Sept. 12, 2015, 9 a.m.-noon University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
Sept. 20, 2015, 1-4 p.m. Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Oct. 10, 2015, 1-4 p.m. Mass to follow Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA
Jan. 23, 2016, 9 a.m.-noon Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA

Featured speakers
New Generations of Catholic Sisters authors:
Sr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN. Sr. Patricia Wittberg, S.C. Dr. Mary Gautier

Questions? Call the NRVC offices at 773-363-5454. Learn more here.
 

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VISION Vocation Network: Best website award
Catholic Press Association and Associated Church Press issue top honor

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VISION was honored by two major religious press associations with numerous awards, including first place/award of excellence for the VISION Vocation Network, www.VocationNetwork.org.

We are grateful for the support of the National Religious Vocation Conference, our parent organization; the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for grants to help us upgrade and redesign the VISION website; and for the religious communities whose sponsorship dollars continue to make VISION guide and the Vocation Network possible. 

Read more about our recent awards here.

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SpiritCitings:

Poorest of the poor of South America focus of Pope's trip 
Music-making Benedictine monks top charts


Questions Catholics Ask:

Where did Limbo come from?
How do we know the names of Mary's parents?

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VISION Vocation Guide YouTub
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Reflections of Gratitude for Sisters, Brothers, and Priests





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Resources for Year of Consecrated Life

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Email your order to mail@vocationnetwork.org.

All of our Year of Consecrated life resources are also available online, including the Resource Packet that we mailed to every U.S. parish as part of VISION’s celebration and promotion of the Year of Consecrated Life.

We appreciate any effort you make to encourage your own parish to use the materials in liturgies, parish bulletins, church gatherings, and classrooms.


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Discover Your Path: Best of VISION

Read our e-book: Discover Your Path: Best of VISION Vocation Guide found on Amazon.

“Discovering our vocation in life is absolutely impossible without coming to some awareness of our own life stories and a deep appreciation of the advice and support of friends,” writes Friar Douglas Adam Greer, O.P., in VISION 2002, “Getting to know what makes us tick, what energizes us, what vision of life gives us hope, pounded-out and pulled-together in the mortar and pestle of friendship, is the process through which we come to make an informed vocation choice.” 

To that end, the articles collected in Discover Your Path will help you pound out and pull together information and insights into where God might be calling you—a process often referred to as “vocation discernment.” 



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Short takes for VISION Community Sponsors

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VISION READERS, please let us know what more we can do to help you in your discernment or ministry. We welcome your feedback. Please share your own stories on the positive influence priest, brothers, sisters had on you. Contact Patrice Tuohy at pjtuohy@truequestweb.com.



 

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KEEP IN MIND

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TIP FOR VOCATION SEEKERS:
Please be sure to contact vocation directors of the communities that interest you when you go through Vocation Match. You will find their help essential as you sort through your options and consider your best course.

Find more tips here.
 

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COMMUNITIES:
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Be part of the award-winning VISION Vocation Network.
Call us today at 800-942-2811 or email us, and we can give you information on the many options available for you.


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VOCATION 
NETWORK 
listed as a key resource on the U.S. Catholic Bishops' revised vocations website (former top 10 list).  

Catholic Press Association Award winner. Click here for recent honors, including website general excellence. 

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