Have you ever considered dedicating your life to serving God and God's people?
Do you feel you have what it takes to be a Sisters of Notre Dame:
"I think I may be called to religious life, but I don't know what to do about it."
A vocation is God's unique invitation, addressed to individual persons in which a free response is expected. This response is not a single act, but a life-long process, a journey of faith. We do not "have" a vocation; we discover how we "are" our vocation as we journey through life led by the Spirit.
The Sisters of Notre Dame invite you to come and see religious life first hand. There are many opportunities for you to visit us. We invite you to visit us for a Day of Reflection, Come and See Weekend, Bible Study or join us for prayer or Mass. We would be happy to answer your questions. This summer we will sponsor a "Stretch Your Heart" week.
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On Saturday, August 18, 2012, Sister Maria Christina Hennig, SND, and Sister Mary Judine Lambert, SND, professed their Perpetual Vows. Read below reflections they shared on their experience of the day.
The day of my Final vows was a day of great joy. It was like a seal on a covenant between Jesus, calling me, and me, following. The parable about "the treasure in the field" is true for me: A life in community is not without challenges, but I gain so much more than I give up.
Twelve years ago I left my home and belongings to join the Sisters of Notre Dame. It is an exciting way to follow Christ. For me as a disciple the way often seems unpredictable. However, once I said "yes," the love and guidance of God opens a way of life abundantly.
I am filled with awe and joy that God has brought me to this day. A little over ten years ago, I was not even thinking about religious life. But then God got my attention, and in doing so, began to draw me irresistibly toward himself. He led me down paths that seemed impossible, paths I’d never otherwise chosen. With each new challenge, he unfolded more of his will for me. With each encounter, I was changed and my relationship with him deepened. Making my final vows, which did not even occur to me years ago, became the deepest desire of my heart and the natural expression of my love for God. He provided much help along the way. I am so grateful for the prayers and support of my sisters and family throughout this journey to find God’s will for my life. I am so grateful for his invitation to follow him through life with this congregation. And, I am thrilled and honored to join with the Sisters of Notre Dame, and all the ways we witness to God’s love and provident care of the poor and marginalized throughout the world. God keeps his promises and with him all things are possible.