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  1. 3 points
    Pax_et bonum

    Missionary Sisters of St. Francis of Assis

    A quick google search came up with this link. Although it is good to make sure a community is faithful to the Magisterium, especially with newer communities, the best way to learn about them is by contacting them. I know that is scary! But one email asking for a little information doesn't mean you're committing to anything You'll learn more from them. Discernment is a two way street. It's generally not helpful to just search and search for more and new communities. Maybe there is one community that you feel more drawn to than others, and that would be a good place to start. Contact that community, visit--truly discern, together. I wish I would have had a better grasp on this concept a few years ago! And what they say is true: just as there is no one perfect person you have to marry to be happy, there is no one perfect community you have to enter to be happy.
  2. 3 points
    The Bus Station

    Why is the Phorum Mostly Dead?

    Every reason for phatdeath has been mentioned (older members moving on, social media, cultural changes, etc.), but I just want to say that Phatmass has helped many many people (including me) over the years in their search for God -- if it had helped only one person that would have been enough. So I'm grateful for what the site was for me and others, regardless of its present or future; it has built up the Church in its own creepy, lame way! Thank you Dust! And if anyone knows what happened to T-Bone I am very listening. PS. I am a novice at a Benedictine monastery -- pray for us!
  3. 2 points
    Pax17

    New Abbess Elected

    The Cistercians in Wrentham, MA have elected a new abbess...and she is one of the younger nuns: https://msmabbey.org/news/mother-sofia-elected-as-our-new-abbess
  4. 2 points
    Jack4

    Prayers for exams

    I will be writing important exams in the coming weeks. Please pray for me.
  5. 2 points
    Lil Red

    Why is the Phorum Mostly Dead?

    I still think of you every November 11. And every 11:11. Hope you are well.
  6. 1 point
    Nunsuch

    New vocation video -- Baltimore Carmel

    There is a new vocation video from the oldest Carmel in the U.S.
  7. 1 point
    chrysostom

    Spiritually Adopt a Seminarian/Priest/ Nun/ Sister, ect...

    Maybe contact the vocation director of the diocese? I know in my diocese they make little cards with a seminarian's face and name on it for people to pray for. The vocations director should be a good contact to get your project started, especially considering the breadth of types of religious you are looking for. That sounds like a great idea btw.
  8. 1 point
    NisiTe

    Spiritually Adopt a Seminarian/Priest/ Nun/ Sister, ect...

    +JMJ+ Greetings! I teach middle school theology and as part of our Lenten practice coming up, I would like my students to be able to spiritually adopt a seminarian or priest (for the boys) or a nun or sister (for the girls) whom they could especially pray for during the Lenten season, as well as to learn more about the life of a priest, sister, nun, ect (as part of our emphasis on vocation awareness this year). Would anyone happen to know a good way of going about this? Many thanks!
  9. 1 point
    Lilllabettt

    New Abbess Elected

    Understatement lol.
  10. 1 point
    Lilllabettt

    Anyone there?

    Yesterday was a bit better ... my boss came to work happy and said "I'm over it". I said, what? And she said "the bad weather, feeling down." So maybe she was having a bad few days and took it out on me. It was clear she wanted me to be "over it" as well ... but I'm not. Nothing has changed but her mood, for the moment. I'm sitting on my train with that awful dread. At least I'm not a kid going to a school I hate ... I'm a grown up! I can get up and leave if i want!
  11. 1 point
    Jack4

    Bad RTL student, not

    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/independent-investigation-confirms-covington-students-didnt-instigate-confr Investigation Confirms Covington Students Didn’t Instigate Confrontation
  12. 1 point
    DameAgnes

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    6 new novices Institute of Christ the King. Anyone know about this order? They seem very unsmiling.
  13. 1 point
    DameAgnes

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Two young sisters from the Sisters Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary professed final vows yesterday. Can't wait to see the pics!
  14. 1 point
    chrysostom

    Happiness...is it possible?

    What I’m aiming for is perhaps less happiness but rather peace. They’re close, virtually feeling identical at times but not at other times. Happiness can wash over me like a wave and then move on...the same with sadness. If I have peace, I can bear with both. For me, who have so much trouble doing what I ought, there is no peace quite like the peace of a clean conscience, coupled with a constant and conscious yearning for the presence of God. The true bodily presence of Christ in the tabernacles of His churches has become a mental home of sorts. Same with Mary. I did a total consecration to her last year, it felt like a missing piece in my life just fit into place. It helps me to find time to stop whatever I’m doing for five minutes or whatever, and just sit there and think about them. It’s a tiny little flame I have to blow on sometimes. Anyways, I have no idea whether that’s helpful, but I hope you find happiness.
  15. 1 point
    little2add

    Happiness...is it possible?

    Being a good Catholic. Treat others with respect and courtesy . Help others , live selflessly. Be honest Basically follow the teaching and practices of Jesus Christ
  16. 1 point
    Sister Leticia

    Question about active/apostolic communities of women

    Hello Dymphna I don't know which country you're in, and therefore what your context is, or if the lists you've been looking at are from all over, with people adding communities they know of (as can happen here). I also don't know what you mean by "older" - 40s? 50s? older? That aside, I was surprised to read that apostolic congregations are more reluctant to accept older candidates. That is certainly not the case here in the UK. Looking at the come & see events currently advertised on UK Religious Life, I see only one ad stipulates 20s and 30s... and it's for a monastic weekend. All the others (which are being offered by apostolic communities) don't mention age, except for one which says "young women", but with no specified definition of young. But given that the age limit for WYD is 35, "young" is becoming a very elastic term,and I'm sure an enquirer of 40 or so wouldn't be turned away. I also know one congregation who last year ran 2 come & see weekends - with one being specifically for women over 40. Discerners are often in their 30s and 40s over here, and I can think of several novices in friends' orders who are 40+, and not regarded as unusual. A few orders here might stipulate (and stick to) an upper age limit of 40 or 45, but most would definitely discern with a woman in her 40s, and some with someone in her 50s. And, of course, we have a small congregation - Mater Ecclesiae - founded in this country in the 1970s specifically for older vocations. So I'm wondering if the problem isn't with the apostolic orders, but with the people who compile the lists not knowing about all this...?
  17. 1 point
    reminiscere

    Handmaids of Mary Immaculate

    They were suppressed some time ago.
  18. 1 point
    andibc

    On Losing Lauren

    As a mother of two religious sisters, I was so touched by the love Emma expressed in this post. Lauren was one of our daughter’s roommates (before she got married this past fall) and is entering the carmel that was refounded by the Carmel of JMJ, where one of our other daughters is a professed nun. She’s such a lovely young lady. https://www.emmabdickinson.com/single-post/2019/02/01/On-losing-Lauren?fbclid=IwAR0Mb93JmmLdMfYaAiU-_ATfevbJoW7tTqjmcyRYK7aQErC2Z4JL8sSx990
  19. 1 point
    Sister Leticia

    First meeting with SD

    It's useful to think about what you would like to ask, but don't forget that the SD will have questions for you! For example, what you are looking for, why you are asking to engage in SD, maybe some preliminary questions about how you pray and who God is for you. Perhaps you could spend your preparation time thinking about how you would want to respond and share. A good SD (and especially one who has undergone training) will know the importance of telling you at the outset about their approach, and about discerning whether this will be a good "fit" (eg up to three meetings and then a discussion/evaluation about whether to continue). All this might lead to more questions, and if you're the sort of person who needs time to think about them, then say so. You might only need a few minutes within the session, or you might need a few days, and to come back with your questions at your next meeting. And remember - nobody goes deep-sea diving the very first time they walk into the sea! Building up trust and openness will take time, and your SD will understand that.
  20. 1 point
    homeschoolmom

    Why is the Phorum Mostly Dead?

    It's nearly 30 below here, and I haven't left the house since Sunday. Thought I'd come see how the old phorum is doing. It seems as desolate as my neighborhood.
  21. 1 point
    DeoOptimoMaximo

    Why is the Phorum Mostly Dead?

    I first discovered Phatmass about 12 years ago when I first started seriously discerning a religious/priestly vocation. My faith and knowledge of vocations was really deepened by being on PM and it connected me with those of similar interests. I stuck mainly with Vocation Station for that reason. At the time there were many young women entering convents on here and a number of young men entering seminaries. As the years went on, I visited PM less and less, for various reasons, including my own entrance into seminary, but especially because I noticed that the Vocation Station was almost exclusively female in its members, and it became difficult to find any men on here to discuss seminary and the priestly vocation, so I stopped contributing. Nevertheless, PM will always have a special place in my heart, as it helped start me on the path to the priesthood. By the grace of God, I've been a priest now for a little over six months.
  22. 0 points
    Lilllabettt

    Anyone there?

    Oh Pham. My husband is working 4 to one a.m. and I'm alone in my house with no one to speak to. I'm crying my eyes out and dont know what I'm going to do. I moved to Chicago to get married. And gave up a job I really loved. For 6 months I was looking for work; I ended up taking a temp role which they made me permanent in this past October. It's in a field I have no background in, but pretty much just administrative type stuff. A lot of carpal tunnel inducing, highly detailed stuff. I dont enjoy it but I'm very well paid and my boss was super nice. Most of the time I had little understanding what was going on, but everyone told me, the learning curve is a year or two, it's fine, you'll get it, if only thru osmosis. I am having breakthroughs in understanding every now and then. But my formerly nice boss has lost patience. I dread going to work every day. I close my office door so I can cry without being disturbed. I'm the last to leave my office just trying to make sense of what I'm doing ... and it's not helping. It's so complicated, and a lexicon that I can barely understand. I dont know what to do or what is to become of me. Mostly I feel so ASHAMED. people much younger and with less education seem to "get" this ... there seems to be something wrong with me. I really don't know what to do anymore.
  23. 0 points
    Elizabetta

    Investigation into Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate (SMMI)

    You brothers were treated differently than us sisters. As result in being in the order I have illnesses. Dont minimize some ones trauma that’s a form of re abusing the victim i have gone back to school have a masters in mental health counseling all that I have mention is a form of abuse the sisters made me go through customs with international money attached like a money belt I could have gone to jail according to an international lawyer. my noviatiate was not cannoncal right it was very short one time I was caufhing up blood no one cared there is more but I think I said enough so you would understand
  24. 0 points
    Elizabetta

    Investigation into Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate (SMMI)

    Yes a complete night mare I suffered physical abuse attempted sexual abuse verbal abuse like being called a daughter of a prostitute and fat pig by the same superior who stole my medication for herself. I was inprisioned by the same superior till I called home I was hospitalized only to be taken out by Patrizi against doctor’s order One benefactor was drunk and tried to touch me two different priest touch me sexually and one of them attempted to have me run away with him. I was sick no one believed me I vomited and then got in trouble I became underweight because I was afraid to eat i was grabbed few other times by other sisters I witness child abuse isolation and imprisonment of another sister ridgity of the superiors towards poustulants the list goes on have you been beaten I was by someone a sister who was a superior who represented God
  25. 0 points
    28yrolddiscerner

    Suicide

    Please pray that suicidal people I know will not go to hell if they die. they are mentally ill. ty
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