deepen our relationship with Christ, both individually
and with the support of one another in community. We
were founded by St. Angela Merici whose compassion led
her to serve the Church and God’s people as needs and
circumstances dictated. Today, imitating St. Angela, we
offer a compassionate presence in schools, neighborhoods,
retreat centers, prisons, shelters, and health care facilities.
We serve primarily in the Greater Cleveland community
and on the Diocesan Mission Team in El Salvador. If you
have an interest in using your gifts within a religious
community that values contemplation, compassion,
and justice, we invite you to contact us. Women seeking Vowed Membership or Associate Membership contact
Sister Juliana Beck, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, OH
44124; (440) 449-1200 ext. 138; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.ursulinesisters.org.
Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph (O.S.U.) We
are Ursuline Sisters committed to “Freeing and nurturing women and children.” Founded in 1874 in western
Kentucky, our congregation embraces the core values of
Prayer, Service, Empowerment, Justice, and Contemplative
Presence, in the spirit of our founder, Saint Angela Merici.
We minister in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas,
Missouri, Minnesota, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Chile,
South America. Our focus is in four areas: education, from
primary grades to college; ecclesial or church ministry; social outreach and justice advocacy with the poor, children,
the elderly, immigrants, and the homeless; and ministries
of body, mind, and spirit. We sponsor two institutions,
Brescia University and Mount Saint Joseph Conference
and Retreat Center. More than 500 Ursuline Associates join
us in prayer and ministry. Vocations: Contact Sister Alicia
Coomes, (270) 229-4103, ext. 214; e-mail: vocations@
maplemount.org; 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY
42356. Visit us at http://www.ursulinesmsj.org.
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Ursuline Sisters (O.S.U.)—Roman Union Contemplative urgency is one way to describe our life. We are rooted
in the gospels, which give purpose and vision to our lives.
We serve in the spirit of our foundress, St. Angela Merici.
Our ministries are many and varied: social service, education, pastoral ministry, campus ministry, retreat ministry,
and missionary work. We empower individuals, with
special care for women and children in poverty. For more
information, please contact: Sr. Francis Kearney, O.S.U.
639 Angela Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403; (707) 524-1130
ext. 116; e-mail: email@example.com; Sr. Elisa Ryan,
O.S.U., 353 S. Sappington Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122;
(314) 825-9773; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Sr. Angela
Krippendorf, O.S.U., 45 Lowder Street, Dedham, MA
02026-4200, (781) 326-6219; e-mail: provosu@verizon.
net; Sr. Mary Sullivan, O.S.U. 1338 North Ave., New
Rochelle, NY 10804; (914) 712-0060; e-mail: msosu@
aol.com; websites: http://www.osueast.org; ; http://www.
Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary (V.H.M.) Visitation
Sisters are women committed to personal and communal
prayer as they seek to be a gentle presence in an often
violent world. Their monastic vocation, nurtured in community, is a dynamic call to live prophetically the Will of
God in the spirit of their Founders, Sts. Francis de Sales
and Jane de Chantal. Each monastery is unique and all
are centers of contemplative prayer and hospitality. For
more information, please contact the Visitation Monastery at one of the following locations: 2455 Visitation
Drive, Mendota Heights, MN 55120; (651) 683-1700 •
1500 35th Street, N. W., Washington, D.C. 20007; (202)
337-0305 • 410 Washington Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003;
(304) 232-1283 • 1527 Fremont Ave., No., Minneapolis,
MN 55411; (612) 521-6113 • 3020 North Ballas Road, St.
Louis, MO 63131; (314) 625-9214 • 8902 Ridge Blvd.,
Brooklyn, NY 11209; (718) 745-5151. See our web ad at
LifeChoices® Are you unsure of your future? On the
fence—and stuck there? Consider LifeChoices®, a spiritual
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that the big decisions you make are the right ones. There’s
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Caritas Christi, Secular Institute of Pontifical
Right Founded in Marseilles, France, in 1937 by Fr.
Joseph-Marie Perrin, OP, and Juliette Molland, Caritas
Christi is now one of the largest secular institutes for
single women in the United States and has members in
over thirty countries. The purpose of Caritas Christi is
to form and give to the Church contemplative apostolic
laywomen who, in every condition of life, strive to live
as consecrated Catholics by loving God and making him
loved where he has placed them. All members have a
sponsor to help them live a life in which God comes first
even though they are working in the heart of the world.
After three years of initial formation, members take a vow
of celibate chastity and promises of poverty and obedience
at a first dedication, followed by a definitive dedication five
years later. For further information write: Jo Ann Ballinger,
firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.ccinfo.org.
Secular Institute of Missionaries of the Kingship of
Christ (SIM) Consecrated single women professing poverty, chastity and obedience. Founded in 1919 in Assisi,
Italy by Agostino Gemelli, OFM and Armida Barelli. In 1948
approved as a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite. Established
in the United States in 1953 by Fr. Stephen Hartdegen,
OFM and Barbara Ottinger. Our purpose is to evangelize
where we work, live and pray in the Spirit of St. Francis.
We strive for a Franciscan Spirituality, living the Gospel in
our Franciscan tradition with Christ centered humility, joy,
simplicity, poverty, peace, generosity, love of the church and
her teachings. A close bond is created among the members
through monthly Days of Recollection, annual retreats,
publications, correspondence, and e-mail. Requirements
are a commitment to celibate life, desire to grow in love of
Christ, desire to promote Christian values in today’s society,
a self-supporting occupation, and freedom to live our way
of life. For more information contact: Charleen Dahlin,
54 George’s Loop, Raynham MA 02767; (508) 386-1417;
e-mail: email@example.com; website: http://www.simkc.org.
United States Conference of Secular Institutes (
USCSI) The United States Conference of Secular Institutes is an
association of all the Secular Institutes in the United States.
Its mission is to provide education, resources, and support for
member institutes, and to assist inquirers in finding the Secular
Institute that is right for them. USCSI is committed to making
known, understood, and appreciated the call to consecrated
secularity in the Catholic Church. Total consecration to God
through the evangelical counsels of poverty, celibate chastity,
and obedience is the hallmark of all Secular Institutes. Institutes are for single women or for single men, and some are for
diocesan priests. It is the newest and fastest-growing vocation
in the Church today. For more information see http://www.
secularinstitutes.org. Inquirers may be helped by writing to
or talking with Sharon K. Lewis, Vocation Committee, 26673
Franklin Pointe Drive, Southfield, MI 48034-5615; (248)
352-8425; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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