women's discernment group

    Wondering if God could be calling you to be His bride? The Women's Discernment Group offers activities and resources to help you grow in your relationship with Him and hear His voice more clearly. To join the group contact Fr. Jaffe, j.jaffe@arlingtondiocese.org, or 703-841-2514. 

    Upcoming events: 

    Day of Recollection for Discerners -- Sunday December 18
    This year's mini-retreat will be directed by the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales. The day includes Mass, meditations, discernment tips, and opportunities for confession and Eucharistic adoration.  It’s a great chance to socialize with the sisters, and prepare your hearts for the Birth of Jesus. Register with the Office of Vocations by December 12.

    Diocesan Women's Conference - Saturday, March 11
    Organized through the Office of Family Life. Registration opens in January.

    Weekend Retreat for Discerners - June 16-18
    The retreat will focus on giving you tools for your discernment, as well as personal prayer time, opportunities for confession and spiritual direction, and the chance to socialize with the sisters and the other women.  It is led by the Office of Vocations and religious sisters. Cost is $60 and includes overnights and all meals (financial assistance is available if needed). Register with the Office of Vocations by May 19.


    Oct. 29 -- Vigil Mass for Race for Seminarians Our Lady of Lourdes, Arlington, VA - 5 p.m.

    Oct. 30 -- Race for Seminarians at the Marine Corps Marathon/10K

    Feb. 4 -- St. Therese Vocation Society Morning of Reflection, 9 a.m.—Noon, Location TBA

    Apr. 30 -- Annual Diocesan Hispanic Vocations Mass w/ Bishop Loverde, Location and Time TBA

    June 3 -- Diaconate Ordination at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More - 11 a.m.

    June 9 -- Holy Hour on the Vigil of Ordination to the Priesthood, 7:30 p.m. Location TBA

    June 10 -- Priesthood Ordination at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More - 11 a.m


    Click here for a list of religious orders in and around the Diocese of Arlington.

    Click here for a list of upcoming discernment events sponsored by religious orders. There is also a very helpful calendar on the homepage of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR).

    Click here to read past issues of the Discernment Insights e-newsletter and sign up.


    As I travel throughout the diocese, I no doubt see in some of the faces of our youth and young adults the faces of future parents, future priests and future religious sisters and brothers. During these decisive years in your life, as you personally discover and develop the gifts God has given you, you must also strive to discover the vocation He has laid out for you to travel.

    This should be done so that you may accomplish the "master plan" or "life project" He entrusted to you when He created you. I want to express my gratitude for your prayerfully considering the possibility that God may be calling you to the consecrated life. As you know, our diocese is growing very quickly.

    We need good priests who will lead us in holiness, we need good religious men and women to minister to those in need and to pray for our diocese. God is indeed calling you to a particular vocation. It's an exciting time as you discover and respond to His invitation. If your response is a generous and open one you will not only be uniting yourself more closely to the Lord, but you will also be fulfilling the deepest longing of your heart!

    Who we are:
    Women, age 17 and older, who live, work or are from the diocese and are wondering if God might be inviting us to serve Him and His Church as religious sisters or cloistered nuns

    What we do:

    • Weekend Discernment Retreat
    • Day of Recollection for Discerners
    • Opportunities to meet, pray with, talk with, and work alongside religious sisters
    • Holy Hours and more...

    Why we are:
    To help create a 'vocation culture' as we encourage and pray for one another to be open and generous in responding to the particular vocation to which God is calling us.

    Call and response:
    A call to live the consecrated life is a unique gift of the Holy Spirit and is based in the person's baptismal consecration. Every person who makes this commitment goes through a process of discernment to find his or her path to God.  Responding to the call requires time and prayer and searching for the right community. Each person experiences this call as a gift and mystery and the process of discernment as a time of deep conversation with God.

    Please Contact The Office Of Vocations If Interested In Attending Any Discernment Group Events


    Mar. 12, 2016
    Annual Diocesan Women's Conference - St. Joseph Parish, Herndon

    Apr. 24, 2016     
    Annual Diocesan Hispanic Vocations Mass with Bishop Loverde - St. Rita Catholic Church, 1:00 p.m.

    June 4, 2016    
    Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More -  11:00 a.m. June 10, 2016

    June 10, 2016
    Holy Hour on the Vigil of Ordination to the Priesthood - 7:30 p.m. - Location TBC

    June 11, 2016   
    Ordination to the Priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More -  11:00 a.m. 

    August 15, 2016
    Assumption Feast Day event 

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