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Pax_et bonum
[url="http://www.heartsofjesusandmary.com/acts.htm"]The Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary[/url]
Contemplative order with acts of mercy as part of their charism. They are a new community, a private association of the faithful.

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OnlySunshine
[quote name='JoyfulLife' timestamp='1315857661' post='2303900']
All Orders are welcome from y'all. I'll check them out. Thank you. :)



I looooove what I see about that Order! Hiking trips, give talks/retreats, work with children doing crafts, loving interaction among the Sisters... etc. etc. LOVE IT! I wrote them to see what they say.

I'm feeling a lot better about the SsEW. But I don't feel I'll be able to give my full heart in discernment for a little while. But, it will be good to know what they say.
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I am sorry that you are going through a tough time right now. If you felt that dropping the course was best, it was a good thing you did it. I had to do that, too, a few times because dealing with health issues AND taking courses while not on the right medication was a disaster. I am so thankful to have found the right one and I'm able to focus a lot better! My medication may not be right for you, but it's worth giving it a try if you haven't already. I just found that my recurring episodes were lessened greatly and I have little to no anxiety anymore. :)

Have you considered looking into the [url="http://www.dominicansrs.co.uk/"]Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph[/url] in the UK where Sadora (laetitia_crucis) is? They are a Dominican semi-contemplative order and very much like the SsEW in their apostolate (it's pretty much the same). I am not sure how they feel about mental illness, but I know that they were accepting of LC when she told them of her vision problem. If I felt called overseas, I would check them out myself, but I'm pretty sure I'm not called to England.

Here are some other orders that I found on IRL (I know nothing personal about these orders, but they might suit you; you'd have to ask how they feel about your illness):

[url="http://db.religiouslife.com/reg_life/irl.nsf/org/388"]Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood[/url]

[url="http://db.religiouslife.com/reg_life/irl.nsf/org/356"]Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ[/url]

[url="http://db.religiouslife.com/reg_life/irl.nsf/org/138"]Sisters of the Most Holy Soul of Christ[/url]

[url="http://db.religiouslife.com/reg_life/irl.nsf/org/109"]Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate[/url]

[url="http://db.religiouslife.com/reg_life/irl.nsf/org/117"]Sisters of Jesus Our Hope[/url]

[url="http://daughtersofstdominic.org/index.html"]Daughters of St. Dominic[/url]

[url="http://www.childrenofmary.net/home.html"]Children of Mary[/url] Edited by MaterMisericordiae

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faithcecelia
[quote name='Pax_et bonum' timestamp='1315859211' post='2303903']
[url="http://www.heartsofjesusandmary.com/acts.htm"]The Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary[/url]
Contemplative order with acts of mercy as part of their charism. They are a new community, a private association of the faithful.
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Ah! These are the sisters who I always wonder how they manage to keep those lovely long veils on :blush: They seem absolutely lovely - so much prayertime! :love:

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JoyfulLife
I wanted to add that I'm not set on Orders that do works of mercy. I'm open to semi-contemplative Orders. I'm feeling good in the approach of contacting them all and seeing that they all say, before getting my heart set on Orders.



Wow! Lots of beautiful Orders to look into!

Mater, that Order in England... I don't want to leave the USA plus they send their Sisters for further education at a college, Sadora told me.


I also spotted these threads:
[url="http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/topic/87089-semi-contemplative-sisters/page__st__20__p__2144762#entry2144762"]one[/url]
[url="http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/topic/106853-religious-sisters-in-habit-apostolate-of-spiritual-talksconfretreatetc/"]two[/url]


Are there anymore semi-contemplative / semi-cloistered threads? Edited by JoyfulLife

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OnlySunshine
[quote name='JoyfulLife' timestamp='1315861090' post='2303917']
I wanted to add that I'm not set on Orders that do works of mercy. I'm open to semi-contemplative Orders. I'm feeling good in the approach of contacting them all and seeing that they all say, before getting my heart set on Orders.



Wow! Lots of beautiful Orders to look into!

[b]Mater, that Order in England... I don't want to leave the USA plus they send their Sisters for further education at a college, Sadora told me.[/b]


I also spotted these threads:
[url="http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/topic/87089-semi-contemplative-sisters/page__st__20__p__2144762#entry2144762"]one[/url]
[url="http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/topic/106853-religious-sisters-in-habit-apostolate-of-spiritual-talksconfretreatetc/"]two[/url]


Are there anymore semi-contemplative / semi-cloistered threads?
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Whoops! I didn't know this... :blush:

I can understand the reasoning behind not wanting to further your education, but I tell you in a spirit of love, don't discount the future. You may well find the correct medication and be able to attend college with no issue at all. That's what happened for me. :)

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JoyfulLife
I just emailed everyone you all mentioned, except the links I just added above. I want to seriously know who I can discern in the future. I'm praying for a semi-contemplative Order without college.

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OnlySunshine
[quote name='JoyfulLife' timestamp='1315862447' post='2303920']
I just emailed everyone you all mentioned, except the links I just added above. I want to seriously know who I can discern in the future. I'm praying for a semi-contemplative Order without college.
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Prayers, dear. I hope God leads you to where He wants you when you are ready. :)

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LaPetiteSoeur
The Sisters of Jesus our Hope are a cool order; they were in my old diocese and do so much good work there. There was an article about them in the paper a while back, but I can't find it on google. But I'll search around and find it!

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OnlySunshine
[quote name='LaPetiteSoeur' timestamp='1315864613' post='2303931']
The Sisters of Jesus our Hope are a cool order; they were in my old diocese and do so much good work there. There was an article about them in the paper a while back, but I can't find it on google. But I'll search around and find it!
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The Vocations Director, Sr. Judith, is on Facebook (or at least, she was). :)

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LaPetiteSoeur
Found the article! It was actually in the OSV, not the local paper! http://www.osv.com/tabid/7621/itemid/7869/Pets--our-fellow-travelers-on-the-spiritual-journ.aspx

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JoyfulLife
[quote name='MaterMisericordiae' timestamp='1315862247' post='2303919']

Whoops! I didn't know this... :blush:

I can understand the reasoning behind not wanting to further your education, but I tell you in a spirit of love, don't discount the future. You may well find the correct medication and be able to attend college with no issue at all. That's what happened for me. :)
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There is a part of me that has interest in college, but it's not just the pressure, stress, anxiety and depression it caused... Due to my homeschooling, college is just so way over my head. I've never done the things they asked me to write and I was having trouble trying to understand it. And the reading was more advanced. Plus the pressure of deadlines twice a week. It was all just so much. It just seems that God doesn't want me doing that to myself, at least not at this time.

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OnlySunshine
[quote name='JoyfulLife' timestamp='1315872734' post='2303987']
I can't find an email for the CFR Sisters. How do they feel about medication?
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Unfortunately, they are unable to accommodate women with any illness. They are mendicant order like the FFIs and Sr. Francis told me that they don't have health insurance and are unable to take on the extra cost of doctor's visits and medication needs. :(

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JoyfulLife
I got a response from the Children of Mary and they think I should look at established Orders because since they are new, they don't have stability as they said.

Too bad about the CFR's.

Am I ever going to find the right Order and get acceptance? :idontknow: Frustrating.


BTW, I loove your photo avatar. It really pops!


Someone said that some of the RSM Sisters are in administrating. So, would they allow some Sisters to do something less stressful that doesn't have to do with college? Edited by JoyfulLife

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OnlySunshine
[quote name='JoyfulLife' timestamp='1315877035' post='2304013']
I got a response from the Children of Mary and they think I should look at established Orders because since they are new, they don't have stability as they said.

Too bad about the CFR's.

Am I ever going to find the right Order and get acceptance? :idontknow: Frustrating.


BTW, I loove your photo avatar. It really pops!


Someone said that some of the RSM Sisters are in administrating. So, would they allow some Sisters to do something less stressful that doesn't have to do with college?
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JL, please don't give up. I know that it is weighing on your shoulders, but if it is meant to be, then God will find a way. Look at me -- I was ready to give up last year (in fact, I did for a time), but the Holy Spirit kept nagging me to the point where I couldn't ignore Him anymore. That's when I started investigating again. I'm so glad I did because I wouldn't be in contact with the RSMs now. I'm getting ready to go on retreat with them in the next few months (praise God!). There must be something you are able to do.

I would talk to the Vocation Director and just ask her some questions. It doesn't have to be anything formal. Ask if they would be willing to accept you and place you in a less stressful environment. It's always a possibility that it could happen. Sister is very sweet and has been a great help to me already. I'm sure she'd be open to helping you.

Thank you for the compliment about my avatar. I went on a CRHP retreat this past weekend and the theme had to do with a "Heart for Jesus" and so it stuck with me. Plus, I love the devotion to the Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart. :)

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JoyfulLife
[quote name='MaterMisericordiae' timestamp='1316156594' post='2305340']
There must be something you are able to do.

I would talk to the Vocation Director and just ask her some questions. It doesn't have to be anything formal. Ask if they would be willing to accept you and place you in a less stressful environment. It's always a possibility that it could happen. Sister is very sweet and has been a great help to me already. I'm sure she'd be open to helping you.
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With my learning disabilities and the improper education and training I've had growing up, plus my mental health issues, there isn't a whole lot I can do. But as you said, there must be something. That sounds good to talk to Sister about it. It does worry me because you said that it's written in their constitutions to go to college, right? But they do have some Sisters in administration. I think that (administration) wouldn't work for me -- I'm not great at organizing, handling phone calls, math, etc.

I'm just back online today, since I was last on around the 12th, and I have a bunch of emails from Orders about my question as to whether they are open to those with a mental issue. It will be interesting to see what they all have to say.

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Mater, can you or anyone tell me more about these two Orders below?

[url="http://www.scceast.org"]www.scceast.org[/url] Sisters of Christian Charity -- Sister wrote and is very, very open to discussing my health at great length. It sounds like this Order is very open to considering people with mental health issues.

[url="http://www.solisisters.ca/"]http://www.solisisters.ca/[/url] -- Sister wants to talk about my message about my health issues. Maybe they are open? But it's Canada. I don't know about them...


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[font="arial, helvetica, sans-serif"]Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus -- they are NOT open to health issues.[/font]

[font="arial, helvetica, sans-serif"]srspreciousbloodnh.org -- They wrote in a nice, indirect way, that gave the indication that they are not open to mental issues.[/font]

Franciscan Sisters, TOR of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother -- they find that convent life can exacerbate health issues, and so they are not open to putting women into that kind of environment.

Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood, NH -- they want there entrants medication free.

Dominican [b][color="#000000"]Sisters[/color][/b] of St Joseph -- It's against their constitutions and canon law, as Sister said. So, they cannot accept someone with mental issues.

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I wrote every order mentioned in this whole thread, and those are just the ones that responded. The other Orders are probably a no-go, too, but just didn't respond.

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Lisa
Definitely talk to Iggy about the SCC's- there is a convent nearby her, I think. From what she has said, they have an ignatian flare to their spirituality. :)

You are an inspiration to all of us here at Phatmass. Just follow in the footsteps of Jesus, and he'll lead you home!

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JoyfulLife
[quote name='Lisa' timestamp='1316210201' post='2305589']
Definitely talk to Iggy about the SCC's- there is a convent nearby her, I think. From what she has said, they have an ignatian flare to their spirituality. :)

You are an inspiration to all of us here at Phatmass. Just follow in the footsteps of Jesus, and he'll lead you home!
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I'm looking at those two Orders, and I quite like them. Especially the SCC's. :smile2:

With any Order, it would be a matter to discuss what I could do for apostolate. Hopefully they could have me do simple things, especially involved with homemaker, retreat work, etc. Edited by JoyfulLife

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