This page is dedicated to those in their mid-life who feel that God may be calling them to a new vocation. They often have questions and make discoveries that are unique to their "chapter" in life. The Church community is committed to helping them discover and live out God's plan in their lives. Video clips that offer insights into the lives of people who have chosen to enter a vocation later in life are currently in process, and will be available soon.
On December 8th, 2015 the very first Apostles of the Resurrection made their promises to live out the charism of hope passed onto them by the members of the Congregation of the Resurrection. They are now considered Lay Associates for the Ontario-Kentuc
The Rite of Initiation into the Religious Life was celebrated in the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada on October 15th, 2014 at their Motherhouse in Peterborough, Ontario. Donna and Christine now start the Novitiate.
When begining to discern a new vocation in one's life it is best to move slowly. Most situations allow for assets to be set aside or, in the case of religious life, placed "in trust" before entering a formation program. The important thing is to not make any quick decisions that may limit your freedom to discern. In other words, until you make that new commitment (i.e. profession of vows, promises to the bishop, etc.), allow for an alternate plan in case discerning a particular vocation really isn't the best direction for you.
Most people are not. Many religious communities and dioceses are quite open to accepting people who are under the age of 55 and who meet the other necessary criteria for a particular vocation. Usually the most important criteria are their fidelity to discerning God's call and having a healthy mind and body that is ready to meet the demands of training and active ministry. For further information, you can use the contact form at the bottom of this page. You can also learn more by contacting your diocese's vocation director for the priesthood or vocation director for the consecrated life, if one is available.