The experience of a vocation is unique and indescribable, and is only perceived as a gentle breeze of the clarifying touch of grace. The vocation is a breathing of the Holy Spirit, who, at the same time as he genuinely shapes our fragile human reality, shines a new light into our hearts. He instills an extraordinary power that merges our existence into the divine enterprise.
Blessed John Paul II, Rome, March 17, 1982

As thousands of people flocked to Washington for the Cherry Blossom Festival, we welcomed young women from around the country to our convent in Washington for our third annual “Come and See Retreat” April 11-13.

The retreat included the visit of His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick who offered the Holy Mass, shared breakfast with our visitors and gave a talk about vocations.

The group of seniors from Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma posed for a photo with His Eminence and Brother Andy Kmetz, IVE who is also a graduate of Bishop Kelley High School as are his twin sister, Sr. Mary Servant of the Cross, and a later graduate, Sr. Mary Our Lady of Divine Providence.

Sisters presented three other talks about our community.  Sr. Bon Secours gave  Duc in Altum! SSVM Missions Around the World, and discussed both our spirituality as missionaries as well as the universal call of all the baptized to be missionaries according to their state of life.

On Sunday, Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola gave The History and Charism of Our Religious Family.  To close, Sr. Maria Theotokos gave Totus Tuus, Maria: Talk on our Fourth Vow of Marian Consecration According to Method of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort.  

The base text of her talk drawn from our Constitutions can also be heard in this short video: Fourth Vow of Marian Consecration (5:41).

Following a Saturday afternoon visit to some of the apostolates, our visitors had an afternoon tea and coffee while two sisters told their vocation story.

The schedule also included our daily Eucharistic Adoration, opportunities for confession, and time with our sisters at meals and in recreation.

We concluded the Come and See with Holy Mass of Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where our sisters from the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Novitiate met us for the Mass.

May Our Lady of Lujan bless all those who have given time to the Lord in order to further discern the call He has for each one of them, where ever it may lead them.

To learn about the Come and See 2015 or to schedule a visit in the interim, you may contact our Vocations Director at