Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Religious communities invite school-age women to ‘Vocare 2012’

the Inland Register

(From the May 17, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

A vocation awareness event will be held Tuesday-Thursday, June 26-28, for high school-age women from the Diocese of Spokane.

The experience is called “Vocare 2012” – vocare is the Latin word for “to call.” It will be conducted by the Sisters on the Diocesan Vocation Team, which represents all the various Religious women of the diocese.

The event was recommended to the Sisters of the Diocesan Vocation Team by Bishop Cupich when he learned that nothing was available for girls that was similar to the annual Quo Vadis camp for young boys.

According to a statement from the Vocation Committee, “Vocare 2012” has several goals:

• To offer to young women, ages 13-18, an opportunity to meet Religious women of various congregations in order to experience something of their life and prayer together;
• To understand the congregations’ various charisms;
• To see some of the Sisters’ present ministries;
• To learn something of the history of Religious Women in the Spokane Diocese; and,
• To hear first-hand vocational stories from Sisters themselves.

During the evenings and on the morning of June 28, the girls will be at IHRC, with their time spent in educational and social activities as well as at Mass, prayer services and guided retreat time.

The ministry visits have been chosen for major Congregational sponsorship – for instance, Providence Health System – and those ministries where Sisters of different orders work together – for instance, the Transitions program for homeless women and their children, and St. Joseph Family Center. They will be shown different types of charisms and community living, such as the Poor Clares and the Missionaries of Charity, Blessed Mother Theresa’s Sisters.

The Knights of Columbus, Serra Club, Catholic Daughters, Franciscan Third Order Seculars, Poor Clare Auxiliary, Home Schooling Parents, and Gonzaga Prep are all helping to make this event possible. Various Religious congregations are assisting with funding.

Registration is now open and will be limited to 30 girls this first year. Register online through Immaculate Heart Retreat Center’s web page, The calendar page for June 26 includes a link to a brochure for downloading, as well as registration.

Registration is possible online with a $25 payment by credit card; an additional $10 is charged for a second girl in the same family.

For more information, contact Sister Mary Joanna Ranalli of the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church, at IHRC: 448-1224, or 448-9890, or email sistersmmc@; 448-9890.

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