significant that the person experienc-
ing it is actually less free to make a
vocational choice soon afterwards.
Time is needed to be truly able to
If I have children, am I still able
to enter religious life?
Brother Ronnie: According to canon
Sister Adrienne: When a parent or
law, children of candidates need to be
at least 18 years old and financially
independent before their parent can
enter religious life. However, most
communities would consider more
than the chronological age of the
children. Are the children mentally,
physically, psychologically, and emo-
tionally capable of caring for them-
selves? Even if an annulment has
been granted and the children are
living with the other parent, what, if
any, type of support is needed from
the parent desiring to enter religious
life? Basically, is the person entering
truly free and available to fully enter
this type of lifestyle without major
grandparent enters community, the
personal cost is high. Less frequent
contact with families is inevitable.
Juggling two life commitments: religious life and parenting/grandparent-ing is demanding. The discernment
process for parents needs to include
a subset of questions you ask a community: How often will I be able to
visit my family? Will they be able to
visit me? How are visits handled?
Am I able to interact via electronic
media and telephone often enough
to maintain a good relationship?
Does the formation program allow
for extra time with my family? Does
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Does a divorce make me
ineligible for religious life?
Sister Adrienne: A divorced man
or woman who enters religious life
needs the diocesan marriage tribunal’s
involvement. Canon law requires
an annulment or “indult of nullity”
before entry into community. This is
true for both men and women.
If I have lived alone for many
years, how will I know if I can
live community life?
Sister Adrienne: The call to religious
life is accompanied by a desire for
deeper intimacy with God, plus the
desire to live out that call with others. Knowing oneself is a must. Are
you flexible, or is your daily routine