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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Other than St. Dominic's Feast, I mean

The Theoscope has a series of posts (start here and work your way up) on women entering religious life, which by tradition occurs in August. One post has links to many vocation stories, in case you were wondering how others first discerned a call.

The days when everyone was taught by sisters for twelve straight years offered perhaps more opportunities for girls to hear a call, as well as perhaps more opportunities for girls to mishear a call. I've heard of one Dominican congregation that ran a school as well as an orchard. Most postulants began their religious lives spending five weeks (starting in August) canning peaches, which is probably about as good a way as any to identify those girls who were called to a life outside the convent.