Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This Blog will be ending soon

As I am unable to keep current with this blog (not to mention corrections etc.), I will be deleting it at the end of February unless I can find someone willing and able to put in the time required (minimum of 10 hours a week is my guess, which would include updating old posts and getting the auxiliary blogs current).  And even then, it would be many months before it was all straightened up.  Thanks to all of you for your letters and support.  I have so enjoyed the wonderful relationships with women that have developed through the years.  My best, and blessings to all of you.

Most of my widgets are gone, and since google plus is disconnected, many pictures have disappeared.  Well!  That's what happens when everything is associated.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Retreat - Sisters of Christian Charity

Come and See Discernment Retreat

January 9 to 11th , 2015

“Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life” Retreat

You are invited to take a closer look and experience our way of life. You will meet a variety of Sisters and get to know the SCC’s better by being immersed in the spirit and charism of our community through prayer, community life and daily household chores. It promises to be a weekend of prayer, activity, interaction and joy as you see firsthand the life & mission of the SCC’s.
For more information or to register please contact:

Sr. Bernadette McCauley
Vocation Director
Email: SrBernadette

(973) 543-6528 ext. 274

Website:  Sisters of Christian Charity, Daughters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception
350 Bernardsville Rd., Mendham, NJ 07945

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Little Sisters of the Holy Family

Little Sisters of the Holy Family - Main Site
Little Sisters of the Holy Family - CMSWR

A private association of the faithful.

Location:  Maryland

Founded 1996; Active

They primarily work with Koreans in the United States.

Their emblem is shown below.

"The charism of the community is to live a life modeled on the meekness, and most importantly, the love of the Holy Family of Nazareth and particularly seeking to embody its goals of poverty, humility and service to the poor."

Little virtues, like tolerance, are emphasized in community life.

Spirituality:  Holy Family

Apotolates:  Work in two parishes (cathechism, religious retreats, youth work); an assisted living facility for the elderly; pastoral care and counseling for immigrants.  Another assisted living facility is in the planning stages.

Devotions and practices:  On-going formation for Sisters; spiritual study; Liturgy of the Hours in common; others

Contact Sr. Domina Son
13529 Magruder Farm Court
Potomac, MD 20854
Little Sisters email 
Other contact information

Every third Sunday, there are opportunities for those interested in vocations to visit with the Sisters at their convent.

Age upon entrance:  Not specified.  I listed them as 18+

I do not know if they accept only those of Korean background, or who speak Korean, but I will write them and try to find out.

Not to confuse matters, but... there is an old community of Little Sisters of the Holy Family founded in the 1800's in Canada. I believe they are now mostly in Honduras, and perhaps other places internationally.

I don't have a bunch on this community, no videos and whatnot, so here a vimeo video from CMSWR, showcasing some of their members.  I enjoyed watching it.

See what communities are located near where you live: Traditional Orders by State

Watch Videos from this blog, by community name, or by type of community (Active, Contemplative/Active, Cloistered, or Monastic):  pennyyak YouTube

Facebook, with posts from communities that have FB pages:  pennyyak Traditional Religious Orders

Flickr, with photos from this Blog, labeled with community name.

Yes, I'm about to look for some smaller emblems for these sites, or resize them myself.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sisters of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Sisters of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Website

Sisters of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ - CMSWR

Founded 1891 by Blessed Alice; Active

Locations:  New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Alabama; internationally.  There is also the Congregation of the Resurrection, a men's community.  

"We are religious women who believe deeply in the presence of the Risen Christ in our lives and in our world.  We bring a simple message of hope to those who have forgotten that God is alive and with them always. We bring a message of comfort to the sorrowful and confused. We bring a message of healing to those who suffer from life’s many hurts."

They are women of prayer, as prayer brings them to Christ.

Fan into a flame the gift of God that you possess ...
Never be ashamed of witnessing to Our Lord ...
He has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.

"We look to Mary as our model of all that a woman of faith can do in a world that often ridicules or doubts the love, power and presence of God." And this is surely true.  Seems more evident every day. 

"We live our charism when we:

* proclaim joyfully that Jesus is risen and lives in us

* open ourselves to the action of the Holy Spirit so that we may know ourselves in truth, and by his power, die to self and rise to newness of life

*love the Will of the Father together with Jesus and faithfully fulfill that Will live radically our religious consecration by which we are a sign of future resurrection create with our sisters a community energized by genuine love leading to oneness of hearts

*witness to the Risen Christ as bearers of hope, peace and joy as we work in union with the church towards the moral and religious rebirth of society."

Spirituality: Presence of the Risen Christ

Devotions: Prayer - communal and individual, others I have yet to ascertain

Apostolates: Education; Care of the elderly; Healthcare, Missions; others as they are called

Entrance ages: 18-45
They offer a live-in discernment program.
You may contact them by email for further information: Resurrection Sisters

Or write them:
500 W. Hartsdale Avenue
Hartsdale, New York  10530
Phone Numbers  on Contact Tab

Belated vocations? Yes

# of professed sisters: 500 (worldwide)

Oh, by the by:  I hope Blessed Alice (above, beatified in 2007) becomes St. Alice in my lifetime. I've never heard of a Saint named Alice, and one (that is, me) feels a certain attraction in asking her intercession. “I desire to live and die for Christ, for He is the Greatest Love, Lord, God and my All.” So, I stopped a moment and did that.  I don't know her entire story, but she was betrayed to the Gestapo during WWII.  I assume she died in prison, or was killed otherwise?  I'll see what I can find out.

And in reference to the main body of text, I would like very much to see the moral and religious rebirth of society.  I can't quite imagine it -- but mountains are movable, as the Bible states, and I do believe that.  "For nothing is impossible with God. "

A very old post, updated.  They have a distinctive cross, and I'm going to inquire about it further.  I had it wrong on the old post.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians

Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco) 
Link is to Eastern Province, USA

Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco) Link is to Western Province, USA


Founded late 19th century, active, and the largest female order in the world!

US Locations: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York and Texas

"Salesian" comes from their founder's (St. John Bosco) esteem of St. Francis de Sales, and his desire to have brothers, sisters, and priests imitate the saint's gentle ways.

He thoroughly believed in play as a means of arousing childish curiosity -- more than this, he placed it among his first recommendations, and for the rest he adopted St. Philip Neri's words: "Do as you wish, I do not care so long as you do not sin."

They adhere wholeheartedly to the teaching of the Holy Father.

 The motto of the congregation: Da Mihi Animas Caetera Tolle!, means: "Give me souls...Take away the rest!" It was the battle cry of Don Bosco that he left as a legacy to us.

We, Salesian Sisters, commit ourselves to the new evangelization of youth. Impelled by our charism, we evangelize by educating. We open up new ways for the education of the young, deepening within them an attitude of respect for the dignity of the human person and an openness to life in all its forms. We commit ourselves to a community lifestyle which is simple, poor, welcoming, and able to create a new educative presence among poor youth.”

Our Founders handed on to us a simple style of spirituality: seeing Christ in the young and the young in Christ. It is a spirituality that sees holiness not as self-centered and introspective, but as pastoral and educational. They taught us to make our every day life the place where we meet God, especially in the many faces of the young, and to learn to share the journey of faith and the celebration of life with them.

Spirituality: "Our Spirituality is that of Christ the Good Shepherd - seeing out the lost and the helpless. We follow St. Francis De Sales in using loving kindness in our dealings, and we have deep devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and, as her daughters, to Mary Most Holy. We also pray daily for and adhere wholeheartedly to the teaching of the Holy Father."

Devotions:  Ummmm - well, I am entirely certain they have just bunches of them, and I can't find them off hand.

Apostolates: Education, Youth Centers, Youth Camps, Youth counseling, Campus ministry, Evangelization/Catechesis

Ages of Entrance: 18-35

As they say, "Be Brave!"  See their "come and see" schedule Eastern Province 
"Come and see" schedule Western Province
Inquire on their Contact form

Handy summary of all contact info.

Belated Vocations? Probably not

 # of professed sisters:  more than 14,000 worldwide, more than 200 in the USA (with 20 or more in initial formation).  Now, now, you may think (or you may not), these folks don't need or want me!  They're chock full!  Is that a southern U.S. expression?  Anyway, if you are called to Religious life, the size of the community is of no concern.  Whether there are ten sisters or thousands, you are to find the place God wants you.

# of professed Sisters who can play a musical instrument?  Ha!  At least three!

Check this Out:
Newer vocation video (I think)

A post from 2009, updated a little (more pictures, links) 11/6/2014. Those very pink links hurt my eyes.  I may do something about that, or continue to go blind.

Benedictine Nuns, St. Emma Monastery

Benedictine Nuns, St. Emma Monastery

An independent conventual priory.


Founded:  I don't know.  It wasn't yesterday.

Location:  Greensburg, Pennsylvania

"Following centuries of the old Rule of St. Benedict."

"A vocation is to a particular community—just as marriage is to a particular spouse."

 "Having been called by God, we are women who have dedicated our lives to Him by vows for life, pray the full Divine Office, live in community and whose ministry in our monastic life of ora et labora (prayer and work) centered within the monastery."

"Our faith-based life seeks to see Christ in our superior, our Sisters (where our beautiful title of “Sister” originates), the sick, the guests."

As they practice lectio divinia, I would bet not a few of you wonder what that is.   I have never seen it described - and the nuns at St. Emma's have done it.  Thank you.
"Lectio Divina is an ancient practice of sitting with the Word of God, praying with and over the Word of God, and being formed by the Word of God.  In practice it involves four steps: reading the Word of God, ruminating on a word or phrase, speaking to God using words, ideas, or images, and simply resting in His loving presence."

They offer retreats, and have a guest house.  I have heard these described elsewhere on the web as excellent, if you are looking for a retreat.  Unique in my experience, they also have a "bed and breakfast" house where you can stay for your retreat!  It looks very lovely.

"A monastery is a touchstone with God,
not only for us nuns but for all who come.

A monastery is a sign to the world,
a sign written by the lives of those
who God calls to live the Gospel
in this deliberate way.
A monastery is a place hallowed by prayer,
the prayer of the monastic community
and the prayer of those who come."

Spirituality:  Benedictine; Traditional habit

Devotions:  Liturgy of the Hours throughout the day in choir stalls, chanted; lectio divinia (sacred reading); daily Mass; personal prayer and reading; others appropriate to their calling
Apostolates:  Prayer, Hospitality, Retreats

"If you would like additional information about our monastic life or upcoming Monastic Immerision Experiences, please email Mother Mary Anne or Sr. Maria Johanna."

Ages 16 - 38 may participate in their Monastic Immersion Experiences.  Please see:  Vocational Inquiry Form - the most extensive I have ever seen, by far.  You'll have to remember your year of Baptism.  I don't.  But then I'm a convert.

#Nuns:  Unknown.  Monastic communities are usually fairly small.  I know they welcomed a postulant last year.

Check this out:

The nuns of St. Emma asked me a year ago (more or less) to write this piece.  I'll see if I can make it look okay when I publish it.  If you fool around a lot with Blogger, you know you aren't going to get it right the first time - ever.  Anyway, I'm sure my readers know that I have an excessive number of bad links, that my location blog is a true mess, and so on.  I have lost my (sometime) co-blogger as she entered a community last August.  If anyone wants to step up to her place, please write me.  You can write posts, or you can do the utterly thankless jobs (Yes,true) of finding and repairing bad links, or even spend several months of your life getting the location blog up.  Hey, doesn't that sound like fun?  No?  Well, it's not.  You can volunteer anyway.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Special: Prayer Matters

If the caption is too small, it reads, "Fr. Carmillio Bouillon, of the Paris Foreign Mission Society, who prayed for forty years for the founding of a Carmel in Korea."  Did God tell him "no" for forty years, or did those who were called say "no"?

Should by His mercy, I stand before the Creator after this life, I will ask Him.

Courtesy:  Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Carmel of Mary Immaculate and Saint Mary Magdaline, translators "Carmel and the Korean Death March"

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