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Hi all!
We've had a lot of new people stopping in lately, so here's an official :welcome: !
Also, I thought it would be nice if we shared a little bit of our discernment journey with them- and we would love to hear your stories, too!


Discernment is a time of joy, struggle, and growing in love. Whether you know exactly where you are going to end up and have been accepted or are just beginning discernment, the VS phamily is here for you :)

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Well I've been hanging around vocation station for awhile but haven't made a thread of my own yet. I don't know why though. ANYWAY. The short version of my short vocation story is basically, back

I'm the171 and I want to be a nun because of the food. I believe this sums it up. (HAHA)

hmm... My story isn't the most eyecatching or exciting one but I think that I shall add to this wonderful thread. My brothers attended Minor Seminary and that was my first real encounter with reli

Here's my story:

I think the desire of my heart for an intimate relationship with God has been there for a long time, but I looked for it in all the wrong places first!

I might be biased, but I think the awesomest part of my vocation story is its unique beginnings! Three years ago, my long-term boyfriend had just broken up with me, and I was a broken, desolate mess. Meanwhile, a Sister (S.MJ) was writing a letter to her mother about the upcoming "vocation discernment retreat." Her mother worked a parish along with another woman who had a daughter at my college. Sr. MJ's mom told my friend's mom about a "retreat" coming up and encouraged her to invite her daughter. My friend's mom passed the word along, and my friend, Sam, invited several other women from my college for a "retreat."

Somewhere along the lines, the word "vocation discernment" had been dropped, not by anyone's intention, but more reminiscent of a childhood game of "Telephone." So we decided to go, and after registering rather carelessly without reading about it, we got an email welcoming us... to a discernment retreat. At this point, there were about 9 of us, so we didn't want to back out. After all, there would probably only be like 5 other people there :) We all followed through and said it would still be a good chance to grow in holiness.

There were definitely more than 5 other people there when we found our way up to Ann Arbor to meet the lovely Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. The were joyful, beautiful, funny, and so holy. I wanted what they had, and I knew that my own relationship with God was definitely not that sustaining or life-giving. After I left, God drew me closer to Himself and I ignored the thought of religious life, even though it kept popping up frequently.

A year and a half ago, I decided I needed to do something about it. After visiting some other communities and something not quite "fitting," I returned to Ann Arbor and found what I hope may be my future home, Lord willing! There have been doubts, uncertainties, and challenges, but my only desire is that my will is conformed to God's- and I feel like that's where He's leading me.

Also, if you would, pray for me. My mom's having a really hard time with the idea of my vocation.

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I have been around here for a few years already. if you do a search on the vcation station for MCID you will see my journey. I am in the middle of finding a new monastic home and am waiting for word about a possible spot for me in a small benedictine monastery near Boston.

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I wasn't Catholic but I was really curious about Catholic religious orders, being familiar with the Anglican variety. The only two names I knew of were Carmelite and Dominican. I did a google search for Dominican and found VS. About 3 years later I was received into the Church. The rest is history.

Ooops... I thought this was a thread about how we found Vocation Station. My vocation story is sooo long and sooo complicated and soooooooo very incomplete as yet. I won't bore y'all but will humbly ask for prayers.

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[quote name='she_who_is_not' timestamp='1317661858' post='2314668']
I wasn't Catholic but I was really curious about Catholic religious orders, being familiar with the Anglican variety. The only two names I knew of were Carmelite and Dominican. I did a google search for Dominican and found VS. About 3 years later I was received into the Church. The rest is history.

Ooops... I thought this was a thread about how we found Vocation Station. My vocation story is sooo long and sooo complicated and soooooooo very incomplete as yet. I won't bore y'all but will humbly ask for prayers.
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That's ok too! I think a lot of us found VS from googling religious orders. No matter what I searched for, Phatmass just kept coming up!

And prayers for you and Staretz!

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[quote name='Lisa' timestamp='1317662632' post='2314672']

That's ok too! I think a lot of us found VS from googling religious orders. No matter what I searched for, Phatmass just kept coming up!

And prayers for you and Staretz!
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It still happens! Whenever I search ANY order, Phatmass comes up first. I think it's part of dUSt's plan to take over the internet....or at least have Phatmass take over the internet.

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Hello! Thanks for the welcome. I am in my twenties and waiting to enter an Orthodox monastery in the U.S. I think trying to write a vocation story would just be awkward. Maybe the simple way to say it is I want to love God above everything else, and right now of course I love a whole bunch of other things above God, and monastic life is the shortest, quickest, happiest route to remedying that. I want to be saaaaved! Plus I just love living in the convent :P

I came here to Phatmass because I enjoy seeing what other people in my situation are going through, and don't meet a lot of people, in my daily life, who are doing things like entering monasteries. Even just lurking is quite encouraging :)

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[quote name='the171' timestamp='1317679542' post='2314797']
I'm the171 and I want to be a nun because of the food. I believe this sums it up. (HAHA)
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Well if it's the Lafayette Carmel, I can understand why...

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[quote name='the171' timestamp='1317680790' post='2314808']

BEST PO-BOYS, AND COVINGTON MAKES THE BEST MUFFALATAS
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Yum! I"m taking my pastor out for beignets (it'll be his first experience with beignets and cafe au lait), as it would be a crime for him not to have it once in his life!

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[quote name='LaPetiteSoeur' timestamp='1317680861' post='2314809']

Yum! I"m taking my pastor out for beignets (it'll be his first experience with beignets and cafe au lait), as it would be a crime for him not to have it once in his life!
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i've never had either.

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I'm Faith, Im 31, and am discerning with Notting Hill Carmel in London. Just over 2yrs ago I was sent away from Quidenham Carmel, where I had been for 18mths, and the last 2yrs has been the biggest most stomach churning rollercoaster you could ever imagine. It has also brought me to the point where I trust God to show me the way rather than me trying to map-read, which I have never been any good at :hehe2:

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i've never had either.
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:gasp: :blink:

You definitely should try them before entering. Morning Call (I know there's one in NOLA) and Cafe du Monde (there are tons in LA) have delicious beignets and cafe au lait. So on your next trip to Covington Carmel, try them ! :)

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