Winter Blizzard Vocational Discernment Retreat!!

From Sr. Joseph Andrew, OP, Vocations Director for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist:

This was the most unbelievable retreat ever!!  Some young ladies got diverted for 24 hrs. from the DTW airport to a multitude of other airports across the nation!! — how others went off the road 4 times before getting to us and the girls pulled so many cars out of ditches, we can’t begin to count them all!!  Some spent the night in airports; others got in after midnight and were blessed to be able to find a motel nearby and stay until the Sisters could safely come get them!!  And then, after we tucked everyone in, it snowed throughout the entire retreat – and sleeted  — day and night non stop!!  Our retreat priest tried so hard to get to us from LA…..then, God bless him, his flight was cancelled!!  But we had 3 priests from Peoria, IL come with 4 carloads of young women — and they filled in as the retreat priests!!  It was incredible from start to finish!!  The Sisters manned a ‘control post’ for flights that could possibly rival Nasa — as they called the diversions faster than flightview did!  And our 4 wheel drives ran for hours from airport to school — back and back and back– to safely get all the women here for retreat!!  I will NEVER forget this retreat — none of us will!!  And of the 136 that were trying to come, a whopping 111 made it!!  Parents supported their daughters stuck in airports everywhere, encouraging them to “GET THERE!!”   Screwtape won ZERO victories….but CHRIST won TONS!!  Every heart was deeply touched…..and tonight, only 5 young ladies remained here whose flights had been cancelled as, once again, DTW was reduced to one open runway and Midway, Chicago was closed yet again!! 
Special thanks….. to EVERYONE who prayed for us as it truly took us all!  Peoria wins the prize with 30 young ladies + 2 Sisters +3 Priests + chaperones!! And University of Notre Dame comes in 2nd place!!   Truly, God’s miracles poured in as challenge after challenge arose ……but all glory be to CHRIST who pulled us all safely through!!  Though several sessions had to be cancelled, the quick-thinking Sisters substituted other greatness and, in the end, the words of one Sister expressed the thoughts of all of us so exhausted…..”This was the BEST retreat of all!!”
God love you all!!  He certainly does!!
p.s.  Among the retreatants who are beginning application for possible entrance from this retreat represent the following:  1) Univ. of IL – Champaign  2) Univ. Notre Dame  3) Purdue  4) FOCUS missionary  5) St. Mary’s H.S. Phoenix   6) CUA   7) Maggie’s Place, Phoenix, AZ   8) Canada  ….. J 
In Jesus, Mary, and all our saints,
Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP
Vocation Director
Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
4597 Warren Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI.   48105



More Upcoming Retreats!

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Dominican Retreat 2 (2)

At the diocesan Vocations Office, we are happy to help women in discerning their call, and to assist them in finding the vocation director of the Religious Community where they feel called.  Please contact Valerie Gore, Coordinator of Vocations, and she will be happy to meet with you and assist you in any way possible.

In a woman’s search for her vocation, there are many resources for her discernment. Two prominent resources are the websites for the National Religious Vocation Conference and the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR). These websites can be extremely helpful to a woman in her discernment.

A woman in discernment might also check out the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. There are great resources on their website which can be viewed here.

Here is a list of the current Religious Communities serving in the Diocese of Charleston: Please note the contact information for the respective vocation directors of the different communities.

CBS – The Sisters of Bon Secours
CSA – Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church
CSJ – Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker
CSSF – Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix Cantalice (Felicians)
DC – Daughters of Divine Charity
FMSR – Daughters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
FSM – Franciscan Daughters of Mary
FSP – Daughters of St. Paul
HCJS – Sisters of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus
OLM – Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy
OP – Dominican Nuns
OP – Dominican Sisters of Mary
OP – Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
OSC – Poor Clare Sisters
SSFP – Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration
Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist
FSGM – Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George
SSCM – Congregation of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius
SSMN – Sisters of St. Mary of Namur