Sister Elise Kramer, vocation story

By Jeanette McDermott

Elise Ann Kramer found a pamphlet about contemplative nuns in a drawer in her home while growing up. That pamphlet would plant a seed in the young girl’s mind and eventually spur her to inquire about religious life. As an adolescent, Elise made a few initial inquiries with different religious communities. She even visited some…

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Passion for contemplation and vocations

By Jean Marie Fernandez

NRVC Board I have a deep passion for contemplation and commitment to the full flourishing of religious life in the Church and for the ongoing transformation of the world. I am honored to serve on the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) board of directors. I am discovering ever more deeply that religious life is a…


Sister Marta heeds call that felt right

By Jeanette McDermott

The Lord’s call is not an intrusion of God in our freedom; it is not a “cage” or a burden to be borne. On the contrary, it is the loving initiative whereby God encounters us and invites us to be part of a great undertaking. He opens before our eyes the horizon of a greater…


Portrait of Sister Josephine wins first place

By Jeanette McDermott

The National Press Photographers Association is an organization representing some 6,000 photojournalists from U.S. publications, including New York Times and Washington Post. The association runs a photo contest each month for best photography in multiple categories. A photograph in the Catholic newspaper St. Louis Review, which shows Sister Josephine Fritz knitting a baby blanket for Birthright…


CACS planning underway for 2020

By Jeanette McDermott

The planning committee for the Congregational Assembly of Contemplative Sisters (CACS) met at the Province Center in July to advance their plans for the 2020 Assembly. The committee began its work in Rome this past January. They meet regularly to unify their thoughts into a single focus that they will present at Assembly. The Contemplative…

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Vocations workshop addresses changes in Church

By Elizabeth Garciano

A regional vocations workshop addressed changes in the Catholic Church in the United States and how the rise of the Global South reshaped and transformed the North.