Monastery Update

My dear blog friends, I want to share with you the following monastery news:

Official church documents on religious formation emphasize the need for a lengthy and adequate discernment before a candidate is admitted to perpetual vows. The Church gives 9 – 12 years for this discernment before perpetual vows.  The discernment is always done with much prayer and guidance.

Several weeks ago we said goodbye to Sr. Rose Marie as she returned to lay life. The fruits of the Holy Spirit were very evident as God’s plan for her life came into clearer focus. We all miss her and her wonderful family so much. Please keep her in prayer as she continues to follow God’s will seeking to implement all she received here and to be a nurturing presence of God in the world.

May we all seek to find, follow and fulfill his loving plan with such courage as she is now doing.  We love you dear sister in Christ Crucified!

Mother John Mary



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12 thoughts on “Monastery Update

  1. My prayers for all of you during this transition. Blessings to Shannon and may her future be bright and happy.

  2. I will also miss Sr. Rose Marie and her radiant spirit and presence on this beautiful blog and join everyone in prayers for Shannon and the Passionist community.

  3. Every response to a call to be lead by God is one of faith and courage. Much love and support to Shannon as she continues to pursue God’s direction. Many thanks to her Passionist family for helping her discern.

  4. I have mixed feelings about this news – sorrow and joy. I have followed her progress from aspirant to junior professed. It was not an easy decision for her – no doubt. I will keep her in prayer as she finds her way.

  5. Such very sad news! But it’s better that Sister discerned it before she made her final vows. Going to miss seeing her peaceful, joyful face on your photos. Many prayers for all of you & for Sister during this time of transition. May God make His Will very clear to her.

  6. My father was a seminarian when he discerned a vocation to marriage, left the seminary and then met my mother at his job. It was a good formation for him but I’m also grateful that he left :)! With such a solid spirituality, Shannon, too, will find whatever God is calling her to do next; she will find joy in God’s will.

  7. I will miss seeing Sister Rose Marie’s smiling face in your photos but wish her well for the future. Am praying for you all as I realise she will be missed at the monastery. I am so glad you are supportive of Sister’s decision to return to lay life.

  8. Her years spent with you will color everything she does for the rest of her life. We can be grateful for that. I will pray for her and for all of you who must miss her very much.

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