Synod of Bishops, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration develop new tools for discerning religious life
On Oct. 3, the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” began in Rome, Italy. Through the 28th, bishops from around the world are discussing ways to help young people navigate the numerous choices placed before them — clearing vocation hurdles — in discerning their path in life.
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Youth were selected from around the world to gather March 18 - 25 to share their perspective and offer insight for the bishops to consider. During their time together, participants were provided with tools by the Vatican to aid in the development a variety of resources like videos for social media and a working document (available for study prior to the synod) about their opinions and experiences — a collective of the voices of the young women and men who are modern prophets of the time to come.
I am listening, and something I’m hearing clearly from the next generation is that discouragement in discerning religious life often starts at home. Parents always want what is best for their child but sometimes big dreams — often those of being grandparents — turn conversation into conflict. Parents may also fear separation: long-distance missions that make visits difficult. Siblings sometimes fear the loss of relating to their sister in vocation, and can struggle to understand why she would choose to make such a counter-cultural choice.
Coming soon: Show me a sign to premiere FSPA discernment video series!
Our congregation, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, is providing support for discerners by bringing these hidden obstacles to conversation in a new video series which will premiere right here in November! Throughout the next several months, you will meet five sisters who share the joys and struggles they experienced in personal relationships as they walked their own pathway of discernment. Perhaps their stories will help you or someone you know who is discerning and looking for ways to build bridges of conversation — clearing vocation hurdles — with family and friends.
**Do you know someone experiencing discernment of religious life? We invite you to share this link, www.fspa.org/showmeasign, and join the conversation.