Sisters on the Come and Explore program team welcome young women in the religious life discernment process.

by Sr. Kim-Phuong Tran

On March 16-18, 2018, the CCVI Office of Vocation and Young Adult Ministry, together with a team of Sisters including Sisters Kim-Xuan Thi Nguyen, Marisa Revert Font, Pauline Troncale, Ricca Dimalibot, Symphonie Giao-Huong Ngoc, and Miss Shana Marcon, our Affiliate, hosted a retreat called, Come and Explore. The purpose of the retreat was for young women to explore the life and mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. It was held at the Dubuis Discernment House; it was a great, joyful, and hopeful experience.

Five young women from in and around the Houston area as well as candidate Adel Leonida joined us for this special retreat. Those who attended came upon a personal invitation from the Women Seeking Program of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s Vocation office and through our CCVI Young Adult program. As a result of the retreat, we now have more potential candidates with whom we will continue to keep in touch as they discern their calling into religious life. Personally, I found the weekend to be very uplifting and inspiring for everyone. Each Sister’s presentation was excellently grounded in their personal story and the story of the life and mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. It was great seeing how Sisters Kim-Xuan, Symphonie and Miss Shana presented their topics with enthusiasm, confidence and professionalism. They truly have a gift that helps us connect with those who are discerning their call and we are so grateful to God for their presence. 

The topics focused on the discernment process including Incarnational spirituality, prayer life, community life, mission, ministries and charism. The setting for the weekend was to create an environment to assist discerners and to make them feel at home. This allows us to connect and develop relationships with them as they discern. Our program team offers our sincere appreciation to all our Sisters far and near for their prayerful and loving support during this program. Praised be the Incarnate Word. Forever.

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