Those in Formation
Michael Coyne
Michael Coyne
Pembroke Seminarian
Christopher Barrett
Christopher Barrett
Pembroke Permanent Diaconate Seminarian
Recent Vocations from the Pembroke Diocese
Fr. Matthew Whalen, L.C.
Fr. Matthew Whalen, L.C.
Legionaries of Christ
Martha Reilander
Martha Reilander
Madonna House
Veronica Ferri
Veronica Ferri
Madonna House
Mélanie Pilon
Mélanie Pilon
Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi
Fr. Jamie Utronkie, CC
Fr. Jamie Utronkie, CC
Companions of the Cross
Sr. Maria Immaculata (Shelby Glofcheskie)
Sr. Maria Immaculata (Shelby Glofcheskie)
Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate
Fr. Anthony Burchat
Fr. Anthony Burchat
Pembroke Priest
Fr. Justin Bertrand
Fr. Justin Bertrand
Pembroke Priest
Fr. Scott Murray
Fr. Scott Murray
Pembroke Priest
Fr. Peter Do
Fr. Peter Do
Pembroke Priest
Fr. Michael Lund
Fr. Michael Lund
Pembroke Priest
Fr. Stephen Helferty
Fr. Stephen Helferty
Pembroke Priest
Religious Life

Has God placed the call to religious life on your heart? Check out some of these resources to learn more about this incredible vocation.

by Rebecca Vitz Cherico

Why would a modern woman ever become a nun?

Choosing a Path

The list of religious communities in North America is actually quite long and it can be rather daunting to scroll through the directories linked below. This is why every diocese has a vocations director. Vocations directors don’t just help young men who want to become priests. They also help to direct young men and women who are thinking about religious life. Fr. Michael Goring is the vocations director for the Pembroke Diocese. Your local pastor or a priest who knows you well can also be a helpful guide in discerning religious life.

Discernment App
Podcasts
Why Priests are Happy
by Fr. Stephen Rossetti
The Modern Holiness of St. Gianna Molla
by Leslie Knopf
Monastic Life: Hidden Life, Huge Role
by Fr. Andrew Mattingly
St. Catherine of Siena: From Desired Solitude to Unsought Fame
by Dcn. Michael Niemczak
ST. Therese of Lisieux: Humble, Confident, and in Love
by Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo, STD
Charity: The Love of Friendship with God
by Fr. Conrad Murphy
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Wife, Mother, and Religious Sister
by Dcn. Michael Niemczak
The Priesthood: It's not just your parish priest
by Fr. Alec Scott
Fr. Michael Schmitz’s Foolproof Plan for You to Know Your Vocation

Start by taking these two points and their conclusion to heart: a) God knows you better than you know yourself. b) God loves you better than you love yourself. Therefore, you can trust that you’ll love the plan He has for you, and He wants you to know that plan. You can trust Him! Now the three foolproof steps to knowing your vocation. Ask yourself these three questions on a regular basis: 1) Am I in a state of grace (i.e. not conscious of any serious sin)? If the answer is “no”, then go to confession. If “yes”, then move on to question 2) Am I doing my daily duties? Are you living your daily obligations? You won’t know what He’ll want for you in the future if you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing right now. If you’re used to saying “yes” daily, then you’ll be ready when He asks you for something bigger. 3) Pray. If you’re in a regular dialogue with God, i.e. meditating on His Word, receiving the Sacraments, listening in the silence of your heart, etc., then He’ll let you know His plan for you. From “How to Discern” by Fr. Michael Schmitz

Madonna House, Combermere – A Community Dedicated to Serving Christ in Our Own Back Yard

The Madonna House Apostolate is a  family of Christian lay men, women, and priests, striving to incarnate the teachings of Jesus Christ by forming a community of love.

We are a “Public Association of the Christian Faithful” within the Roman Catholic Church, under the bishop of the Diocese of Pembroke.

Staff members of Madonna House come from all walks of life, from various countries and cultures, and have a wide variety of personalities and talents. They have in common a desire to serve God in a very humble way of life, as summarized in our Little Mandate. Our spirit is that of a family — modeled on the holy family of Nazareth, which was a community of perfect charity and love.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom: Catholic Higher Education in the Diocese of Pembroke

Mission – “Our Lady Seat of Wisdom provides a post-secondary education in the liberal arts within the Catholic tradition. Faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and guided by Ex Corde Ecclesiae, OLSWA seeks to form the whole person, especially intellectually and spiritually, while respecting the freedom of the individual. Our curriculum offers a deep and wide-ranging understanding of Western civilization along with the traditions of the Church, and equips students to engage with and critique contemporary culture.”

Vision – “Under the mantle of Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, we will provide a vibrant Catholic liberal arts education that integrates faith and reason in all of its disciplines, embraces Divine Revelation, and is rooted in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Our students will be nourished in a thriving Catholic culture that, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, will lead them to answer God’s call to transform the world through their witness to the saving power of the Truth Who sets us free, Jesus Christ.”

Testimonials

I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Psalm 16:18
Testimonials

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.

2 Tim. 1:7
Testimonials

I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

John 16:33
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