The Carmelite Sisters hosted its Vocation Discernment Retreat on November 4-6, 2016 at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse. There were 5 young women who participated from Atlantic City (New Jersey), Staten Island (New York), New Paltz, (New York), Ossining (New York) and Williamsburg (Virginia). Monsignor Kieran Harrington was the Retreat Master and Sr. Mary O'Donovan, O.Carm. organized and guided the event. The theme for this year's Discernment Retreat was taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 64:8, "You are the Potter, We are the Clay." Our guests participated in the liturgy, socials with the Sisters, faith sharing, spiritual consultation and Confession with Father Harrington, as well as private meetings with Sr. Mary O'Donovan, Vocation Director for the Carmelite Sisters. There was also an opportunity to tour the Mother Angeline Heritage Center which houses the memorabilia of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, Foundress of the Congregation.
The Sisters who shared lunch with the young women received a crash course on how to navigate the world of social media! It was a lot of fun!
We pray that God bless these young women in their discernment and lead them to the path He has chosen for each of them. During this week of National Vocation Awareness, we continue to pray to the Harvest Master to send vocations to our Community so that the Sisters mission and charism of care to the elderly will continue.