“Ask yourselves, young people, about the love of Christ. Acknowledge His voice resounding in the temple of your heart. Return His bright and penetrating glance which opens the paths of your life to the horizons of the Church’s mission. It is a taxing mission, today more than ever, to teach men the truth about themselves, about their end, their destiny, and to show faithful souls the unspeakable riches of the love of Christ. Do not be afraid of the radicalness of His demands, because Jesus, who loved us first, is prepared to give Himself to you, as well as asking of you. If He asks much of you, it is because He knows you can give much.”
– Bl. John Paul II, The Meaning of Vocation

The Come and See Event
Over this past Divine Mercy weekend, the Juniorate House of Studies hosted our first Come and See for young women discerning their vocation. Thirteen women from across the United States and Canada participated in the event. The program included talks given by some of the sisters, hands-on experience with our apostolate in two of our parishes, and recreation time with the sisters. The topics of the talks included the religious life in general, an explanation of our charism, and a look at our missions throughout the world. Above all, there was time to share our life of prayer in the Holy Mass, our daily Eucharistic Adoration, and the divine office.

A Special Guest Speaker
The women arrived at our Juniorate House on Friday afternoon, in time for Adoration, Evening Prayer and dinner. On Saturday, His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Washington, celebrated Mass for the retreatants and sisters. After Mass, he shared a friendly breakfast with the visiting women to answer questions in a more informal setting before giving a beautiful reflection on vocational discernment, a long-time pastoral concern for him.

Hands On Experience
On Saturday afternoon, the retreatants were able to go to two of the parishes where the sisters help run oratories for the children in catechism classes. They also visited the sisters’ catechism classes. It was a good opportunity for the visitors to get a taste of our apostolic missionary life.

The retreat ended on Sunday with Mass at the National Shrine of the Basilica to the Immaculate Conception, with a little time to tour the Shrine before a closing talk on our Fourth Marian Vow.

We give thanks for all of Cardinal McCarrick’s help and encouragement, especially for his example and passionate work in the awakening and fostering of vocations.

To learn about next year’s Come and See Retreat or to schedule a visit contact us at: ssvmvocations@servidoras.org.