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I can't speak for the Dominican men, but the two Dominican teaching communities in Nashville and Ann Arbor, lead the vocation production by far. The next two are far behind with three professions last year, then two communities with two and a bunch with one and many more with none. I don't know if this pattern will keep up. It's too early, I feel to talk about an vocation explosion outside of a very few communities. See my post "Final Professions in 2010" for links.

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The next two are far behind with three professions last year, then two communities with two and a bunch with one and many more with none. I don't know if this pattern will keep up. It's too early, I feel to talk about an vocation explosion outside of a very few communities. See my post "Final Professions in 2010" for links.
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I know that I was the first person under 25 to contact the Poor Clares in many years and now they are having more and more inquiries from young women about 20. Many more young people are discerning the religious life seriously first. There is seriously an increase of young vocations. And there have been reports that have put out that show there is an increase in vocations. I think one was from the Apostolic Visitation (although I have a feeling I am not thinking of the right thing). It may be a little early to tell though. Maybe this is just the beginning to a real big explosion!

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I think there were a few communities this year with more than 2 people - The Alma Mercies appear to have had 6. The Alton Franciscans had 5 and the Apostles of the Sacred Heart had 4.

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Also, keep in mind that it takes awhile to get to final professions. The article focused on entrance - the first step - for seminaries and Dominicans. Yes, not everyone who enters will take final vows with that community. But larger entering classes [i]is[/i] significant, and I think many groups are seeing more activity than they have had recently.

My sister has a novice a year ahead of her and a postulant a year behind her, so that's growth in her group. After all, the entire order is only about 25-40 women in the US. Most of them live in Poland.

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[quote name='MithLuin' timestamp='1290008689' post='2187629']
Also, keep in mind that it takes awhile to get to final professions. The article focused on entrance - the first step - for seminaries and Dominicans. Yes, not everyone who enters will take final vows with that community. But larger entering classes [i]is[/i] significant, and I think many groups are seeing more activity than they have had recently.

My sister has a novice a year ahead of her and a postulant a year behind her, so that's growth in her group. After all, the entire order is only about 25-40 women in the US. Most of them live in Poland.
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Mith is your sister with the Dominicans of the Immaculate Conception?

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The Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara had 11 first professions in the US this year. It's hard to really calculate their numbers with final professions, because if a sister is sent on mission in a different province, she usually professes final vows there (not always, though). If you look world-wide, their numbers are even larger.

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[quote name='ksterling' timestamp='1290003415' post='2187618']
I think there were a few communities this year with more than 2 people - The Alma Mercies appear to have had 6. The Alton Franciscans had 5 and the Apostles of the Sacred Heart had 4.
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I don't think that these were[i] final p[/i]rofessions. I restricted my research on final professions to--final professions. However, it takes a long time to final profession, 6-9 years, even longer in some cases. So if there is an increased influx of vocations, it will take years for these to express themselves in final professions.

Usually communities clearly describe a final profession as just that. If the word "Profession" is used alone, it's usually not a final one. Sometimes one can search newsletters and other sources for more descriptors if the meaning isn't clear.

I confine my research on final professions to [i]apostolic[/i] institutes in the [i]US.[/i] The Sisters Servants of the Lord and Virgin of Matara originated in Argentina and have grown the fastest there. They professed three US sisters at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 2010, which I assume includes all of their final professions in the US.

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[i]Here's an updated list with two final professions for Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, two for the Oblates of Divine Providence.[/i]
[u][b]
Some Final Professions 2010 (finals ONLY) [/b][/u][i]
[/i]
The following information has been gleaned from institute websites, phatmass.com/phorum Vocation Station, and blogs. Its accuracy is not guaranteed.
[b]
Dominicans of St. Cecilia [/b] -[b] 9 final professions
[/b][url="http://nashvilledominican.org/News/Latest_News"]http://nashvilledomi...ews/Latest_News[/url]
[b]
Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist[/b]--5 final professions
[url="http://www.sistersofmary.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=12&Itemid=147"]http://www.sistersof...d=12&Itemid=147[/url]
[u][b]
Three Final Professions[/b][/u]

[b]Franciscans of the Renewal-[/b]-according to blog [url="http://communio.stblogs.org/2010/09/profession-of-vows-new-novices.html"]http://communio.stbl...ew-novices.html[/url]
[b]
Sisters Servants of the Lord and Virgin of Matara[/b] -- 3 final professions according to phatmasscom/phorum Vocation Station, also a later link maybe on website. These were at St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC.

[u][b]Two final professions:[/b][/u]
[b]
Sisters of St. Francis TOR[/b]--http://www.torsisters.org/communitynews. shtml
[b]
Sister Servants of the Eternal Word[/b]--http://www.sisterservants.org/content/ whatsNew.php (2 novices, two firsts)

[b]Oblate Srs. of Divine Providence[/b] --historically African-American cong.
[url="http://www.oblatesisters.com/home.html"]http://www.oblatesisters.com/home.html[/url]

[b]Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ[/b]
www.dljc.org

[u][b]One final profession:[/b][/u]

[b]Missionary Benedictines[/b]
[url="http://norfolkmbs.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-07-04T09%3A49%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=7&reverse-paginate=true"]http://norfolkmbs.bl...e-paginate=true[/url]

[b]Sisters of LIfe[/b]--http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/ default/article/Ten-nuns-join-Sisters-of-Life- community-in-606588.php
[b]
Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus[/b]-- [url="http://www.ascjus.org/galleries/6-26-10/index.asp"]http://www.ascjus.or...26-10/index.asp[/url]
[b]
Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm[/b]-- [url="http://carmelitesisters.com/discussions/?p=843"]http://carmelitesist...cussions/?p=843[/url]

[b]Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration[/b] Mishawaka IN
[url="http://www.ssfpa.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=248"]http://www.ssfpa.org....aspx?tabid=248[/url]

[b]School Sisters of Christ the King[/b]
[url="http://www.cksisters.org/vocation.htm"]http://www.cksisters.org/vocation.htm[/url]
[b]
Sisters of Christian Charity[/b]--from phatmass.com/phorum Vocation Station [url="http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/index.php?showtopic=107145&st=20"]http://www.phatmass....ic=107145&st=20[/url] Thread "sisTers of Christian Charity Profession photos)
[b]
Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis [/b]Peoria IL
[url="http://franciscansisterspeoria.wordpress.com/"]http://franciscansis....wordpress.com/ [/url]
[b]
Religious Sisters of Mercy Alma, MI[/b]
[url="http://rsmofalma.org/formation/slideshow/slide01.html"]http://rsmofalma.org...ow/slide01.html[/url]
under "Profession Ceremonies 2010"
[b]
Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln NE[/b]

One final profession, August 2010
[url="http://www.mariansisters.org/index.html"]http://www.mariansis....org/index.html[/url]
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

[u][b]Final professions in 2009, none (listed) in 2010[/b][/u]

[b]Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles[/b]
---one final profession in 2009, in 'Recent Events' no longer on website
[b]
Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George[/b]
Two final professions in 2009 -- [url="http://franciscansisterspeoria.wordpress.com/"]http://franciscansis....wordpress.com/ [/url]
for 2010: 5 postulants 3 novices 4 first vows

[b]Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart[/b] NOT the RSCJ, listed in an earlier "Summary"
[url="http://sacredheartsisters.com/vocations/indexvocations3entrance.html"]http://sacredheartsi...s3entrance.html[/url]
gloria.tv (youtube) 4 renewals, one first vows 2010

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[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leZ6t-1mVfs"]http://www.youtube.c...h?v=leZ6t-1mVfs[/url]

Franciscan Sisters of Nazareth. These sisters sure have amazing voices!!

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[quote name='Hinter dem Horizont' timestamp='1290297276' post='2188275']
[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leZ6t-1mVfs"]http://www.youtube.c...h?v=leZ6t-1mVfs[/url]

Franciscan Sisters of Nazareth. These sisters sure have amazing voices!!
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I like to play this video over and over! lol.....such a beautiful song!:whistle:

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