Even those of us in
whose ministry is
dry spells when our
prayer time seems dull
Each religious order or congregation
has a charism—a gift given for the
service of the church—that helps
them focus on the mission members
hope to accomplish in community.
That mission could be prayer in a
cloistered convent (a home that community members rarely leave), or it
could be an active ministry aimed at
working with people.
Many congregations are like-minded or have similar ministries,
but each is distinct in one respect or
another. Many groups of religious
men and women were founded at a
time when travel and communication were limited; some congregations were founded for similar
purposes and at the same time but in
different places by people who didn’t
know each other.
New communities continue to
be formed today in response to God
calling men and women to particular
forms of spirituality, community, and
8. How long does it take
to become a diocesan priest?
Generally it takes four years of col-
lege, followed by five to six more
years of seminary study. A seminary
is a college or university run by the
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Is your heart yearning
for God in Your life?
The Bernardine Franciscan
Sisters may be the way!
450 St. Bernardine St. · Reading, Pennsylvania 19607-1737
Sr. Madonna Marie Harvath, O.S.F.
Director of Vocations
BERNARDINE FRANCISCAN SISTERS
We nurture our communion
with the Trinity and the human
family through fidelity to prayer
and by showing reverence for the
sacredness of all life as we
respon respond to the Gospel’s call to
serve God’s people by sharing in
the Church’s ministry.