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Visitations Sisters' Secret: God is Our Vocation Director
Vocation Promotion
April 27, 2023

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 27, 2023 /Christian Newswire/ -- Any sign of growth in a religious community these days is a cause for rejoicing, and the Toledo, Ohio Visitation Nuns have much to be thankful for.

The nuns recently accepted Sr. Ashlie as a postulant; and Sr. Katie as a first-year novice; Sr. Toni as a second-year novice, Sr. Maria Teresa as a first-year temporary professed, and Sr. Maria Cecilia as a third-year temporary professed.

There were also two sisters recently who made their final profession: Sr. Katherine Chantal; and Sr. Veronica Teresa.

Thus, seven of the 17 sisters in the community are new members, more or less.

What is surprising and hopeful is that these milestones all have occurred within the last nine months. Many communities in the western world, whether contemplative or active, go for years without seeing new faces.

"Our secret is that God is our Vocation Director," the community's superior, Sr. Marie de Sales, said. "He sends them to us. It is interesting, we haven't received a vocation from our Diocese in many years, but we hear from women in other states. Currently the women in formation are from Indiana, California, Illinois, New York and Texas."

The backgrounds of the new members are varied: some were homeschooled; some attended Catholic grammar schools or high schools; they frequently came from devout Catholic families or were converts to the faith; and some came from families of four or more children.

Also, many were very active in their parishes in different ministries. The Sisters in formation are between ages 25 and 57. In the last week or so they've heard from two young women in their twenties.

More insights into the Toledo Visitation:

How would you describe your charism/spirituality?

Sr. Marie de Sales: We are Daughters of Prayer; we are contemplatives (Seekers of God) striving to be all for God and as our Holy Father, St. Francis de Sales said, "to give to God daughters of prayer, and souls so interior that they may be found worthy to serve His infinite Majesty and to adore Him in spirit and in truth."

Read the rest of the article, and see photos of the sisters, at https://vocationpromotion.com/2023/04/visitations-sisters-secret-god-vocation-director/

SOURCE Vocation Promotion

CONTACT: Sr. Gianna Marie, 419-536-1343, toledoviz@toast2.net