PRAYER & DISCERNMENT
FAMILY CAN SEE it as a great blessing for a son or daughter to be called
to religious life. They can also consider it a threat—or perhaps they find
themselves with mixed emotions. If you think God is calling you to be a
member of a religious community, but your parents or others are dubious, here are
insights for your conversations with them.
Do your family members have doubts about whether you
should be a sister, brother, or priest? Here are tips for
understanding and responding to them.
How to talk to family
about your vocation
FATHER AKOLLAEtuge, O.F.M.Cap.takes a momentwith familymembers afterhis solemn vowsceremony.
Father AndrewHofer, O.P.teaches theology at the Dominican House ofStudies in Washington, D.C. andis co-author of ALiving Sacrifice:Guidance forMen DiscerningReligious Life(Vianney Vocations, 2019).
BY FATHER ANDREW HOFER, O.P.
BROTHER MATT HINDELANG, O.F.M.CAP.