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Process of Discernment

Many faith-filled women have gone before you on this journey. It begins with an awakening to a call, followed by prayer, exploration and discernment. It continues with the sense that the Sisters of Notre Dame are a good fit for you.

Contact us if you would like more specific information on your discernment process.

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Awaken to a Call

Awakening sometimes begins with a recurring question: “Is there something more?” Perhaps you feel a tug toward God that you sense but don’t completely understand. Pay attention to the desires, feelings and experiences of consolation and desolation that arise when considering a vocation to religious life.

Pay Attention

As your discernment journey continues you will have the opportunity, along with your director, to prayerfully ponder the inner movements of your heart as you consider a religious vocation.


Get to Know Us

Conversations with community members, visits to community houses, "Come and See" events, service programs, and live-in opportunities can provide rich experiences of daily life with the Sisters of Notre Dame. 

Find a Spiritual Director

Once you sense God's call, seek out someone you can trust with your story,  such as a Spiritual Director or Vocation Director.
Religious communities, retreat centers, or Diocesan Vocation Directors may be able to help you find a Spiritual Director.

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Take Stock

Discerning a vocation is also a time for you to take stock of your gifts and talents, strengths and weaknesses. 

Imagine Being a Sister

The answers to your questions will come, but not necessarily all at once. Sometimes we have to risk stepping out in faith. Dare to live according to the Spirit’s guidance. God’s abundant love will be with you.

Application Process

If your discernment leads you to the Sisters of Notre Dame, then an application process begins. If you keep your heart open to God through prayer, and get clarification from the Vocation Director for any questions or concerns that may arise during the process, you will find yourself ready to begin the next phase of your vocation discernment journey.