Friday, May 22, 2015

Consecrated Life in Canada

As a Catholic young person, you may have noticed a phenomenon via social media in Catholic circles: in certain parts of the world, religious life is blossoming. 

Some communities in the US, such as the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, are growing rapidly and are attracting a large number of young people

In Western Canada, we are blessed with a thriving seminary and vocations to the diocesan priesthood. 

However, if you are a young woman, or a young man interested in a form of consecrated life other than priesthood, you may be wondering: what are the options for young Canadians with vocations to consecrated life? 

Are there any thriving, young communities in our part of the world? 

What can I do if the order I feel called to does not have any Canadian communities? 

Fear not! Young Canadians are hearing and responding to God's call, and discovering viable options for entering into religious life. 

There are several young, vibrant communities of women religious in Canada, including:

For men, and women who feel called to a different way of life, Canadians have found that travelling to the US to find a community is the next best thing to finding one in Canada. 

Young people in the Archdiocese of Edmonton have entered, or are discerning with, American communities such as:

Many US communities are very open to receiving inquiries from young Canadians interested in their way of life. 

Thanks to the internet, exploring and contacting American communities can be done easily via their websites and social media profiles. Many communities are active in social media and share a lot of their lives online. 

Be not afraid! If you are interested in the life of a community in another part of the world, contact them! And be sure to explore the Canadian options for discerners. 

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