Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
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Women Religious share life and ministry through Vocare program

the Inland Register

(From the July 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Young women from three states took part in this year’s Vocare vocational experience. (IR photo courtesy of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church)

Thirty-nine young women from Spokane, all around Eastern Washington, Idaho and Oregon attended the fifth annual Vocare vocational experience June 20–23 this year.

Many of the young women agreed that “Vocare was an awesome experience!” Over half of the participants were returnees from the previous years.

This year’s Vocare was based at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. The days showcased the ministries of 10 different communities of Religious women in the Spokane Diocese by transporting participants to various ministry sites. The participating communities of women Religious were the Cottonwood, Idaho Benedictine Sisters, Carmelite Sisters of Mary, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Missionaries of Charity, Poor Clare Nuns, Sinsinawa Dominicans, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, Sisters of Providence, and Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.

Girls attending for the first time had two days of touring tailored for them to meet and visit with the various Religious communities. Girls attending for their second, third, and even fourth year toured a few more communities and had opportunities for service projects and retreat time.

The program included a week full of vocational information, fun, prayer and friendship. The mutual interaction between the different Sisters and the girls made for a unique vocational opportunity.

The young women had a chance to experience the differences between the various communities’ charisms, backgrounds and spiritualities, and the different places of living and ministry. The Religious women also enjoyed the time, as they could answer the girls’ questions and just have fun together.

Other highlights of the week included a special evening of one-on-one conversation with the Sisters for the returning girls, a game of religious “Jeopardy!” for the first-year girls, a talent show for all (which had some great acts), group question-and-answer sessions, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Mass, and common prayer.

Vocare 2016 was made possible by many generous organizations and individuals who supplied meals, rooms, funds, and scholarships. Among the enthusiastic supporters were The John Paul II Foundation; the Spokane Serra Club; The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington; Knights of Columbus; Immaculate Heart Retreat Center; Catholic Daughters of the Americas; The St. Thomas Aquinas Home School Co-op; our wonderful bus driver, Barry, and bus from Gonzaga Prep; Secular Franciscans; and various parishes that sponsored their girls to attend. There were many individuals who provided additional support.

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