Vocation Discernment

Jesus sent his disciples forth on mission with this command: “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk 16:15-16). To evangelize means to bring the Good News of salvation to others and to let them know that this Good News is a person: Jesus Christ. When I meet him, when I discover how much I am loved by God and saved by God, I begin to feel not only the desire, but also the need to make God known to others.

Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for the twenty-eighth World Youth Day 2013

All members of the Church respond to an invitation from God to carry out the mission of the Church (i.e. reveal Christ to the world). This invitation from God is called a vocation. Through marriage, the single life, priesthood or the life of a consecrated woman or man in the religious life, every baptized Christian makes a commitment to this mission. A woman who wishes to fulfill her commitment through religious life usually feels called to a particular congregation. If, through prayer and discernment, she is led to the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, (SSM's) she is invited to make a journey of faith regarding religious life, the SSM charism and the mission and ministry of the congregation. Most importantly she is invited and guided in deepening her relationship with God and discovering the depth of her vocation. Her journey is never taken alone. There are Sisters in all areas of the congregation who journey along side of each woman through this period of discovery and discernment.

In the various parts of the congregation, sisters commit themselves to promote vocations to religious life through prayer, personal witness and appropriate programs to promote new vocations.