5. Communal good: How generousare you? How willing are you to putaside your personal agenda and expectations to sacrifice for the greatercommunal good or for the sake ofthe mission?
If I have physical concerns
common to people my age,
will that prevent me from
entering a community?
SISTER ADRIENNE: Each communityhas criteria regarding health issues.
My community has been firm: Anapplicant must be off government-funded disability and workingfull-time for a minimum of twoyears before applying to community.
Obesity is the most common healthproblem of mature-age discerners. In my community we request a
3. Obedience: How willing are youto seek permissions from the necessary authority? While most religiousinstitutes do not treat their members as children, the requirement tocheck ahead of time with a personin authority about major purchases,weekend and vacation plans, andeven ministerial responsibilities canseem somewhat adolescent, andreceiving a “no” is even more jarring. But this is an integral part ofreligious life.
4. Ministry: How available are youfor the community’s mission? Thiscan involve not only moving fromone location to another to live orperform ministry, but also being personally stretched, possibly by beingasked to pursue additional educationor learn new skills.
SISTER THERESAHoffman, O.S.B.plays the harp.Hoffman entered hercommunity, Motherof God Monastery inWatertown, SouthDakota, at age 59.Years later she nowserves as prioress,spiritual director, andliturgy director.
COUR TESY OF MOTHER OF GOD MONASTER Y, WATER TO WN, SD