NTERING A RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY at any age is
a major life shift, but adults who enter in midlife often
have concerns particular to their age group—about prior
relationships, grown children, health, and more. To learn more
about the concerns of mature candidates, VISION talked to two
experienced vocation ministers who share their wisdom about
what these candidates need to know.
Not all religious communities accept
candidates over the age of 40, but some do.
Here are answers to questions that mature
candidates often have.
FAQs about midlife
Brother Ronnie Hingle, S.C.is a Brotherof the SacredHeart. After 10years in vocation ministry,he now servesas provincialof the Provinceof the UnitedStates of theBrothers of theSacred Heart.
COUR TES Y OF SAINT MEINRAD ARCHABBE Y, IN
Sister AdrienneKaufmann,O.S.B. belongsto the Benedictine Sisters ofMother of GodMonastery,Watertown,South Dakota.She was in vocation ministryfor 12 yearsand now teaches at MountMarty University’s WatertownCampus.
BY BROTHER RONNIE HINGLE, S.C.
AND SISTER ADRIENNE KAUFMANN, O.S.B.
FATHER LUKEWaugh, O.S.B.was in his mid-40s and hadbeen workingin informationtechnologywhen he joinedthe Benedictinecommunity ofSaint MeinradArchabbey inIndiana.