Meet Our Sisters

Virtually visit convents and ministries of Chicagoland Catholic Sisters during National Vocation Awareness Week — November 1 – 7, 2020

Chicago area members of Communicators for Women Religious (CWR) invite you to the second annual Meet Our Sisters Tour, a collaborative event during National Vocation Awareness Week to raise awareness of the vast presence of Catholic sisters who live and serve in Chicagoland. This year, Meet Ours Sisters will be a virtual event. The online tour is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the life, mission and ministries of Catholic sisters living in Illinois.

Again this year, a host of Chicagoland congregations, communities and ministries will provide opportunities to meet sisters and learn more about how Catholic sisters continue to be a presence in the lives of so many people. The 2020 tour will feature live and recorded offerings including motherhouse and chapel tours; conversations about mission and ministry; and interactive prayer events. This year’s participants include Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, the Congregation of Sr. Joseph, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Giving Voice, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the Sisters of St. Casimir, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and St. Mary Monastery.

MEET OUR SISTERS TOUR VIRTUAL EVENTS

For more information, please email MeetOurSistersTour@gmail.com.

What is National Vocation Awareness Week?

National Vocation Awareness Week, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is designed to help promote vocation awareness. This annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States occurs on the first full week in November. NVAW is dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life through prayer and education. NVAW also emphasizes a renewal of our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

This is your invitation to learn more and to help us build a culture of vocations…

Virtually visit convents and ministries of Chicagoland Catholic Sisters: Tucked between expressways and hidden among the bustle and noise of city and suburban life is the powerful, yet often quiet, influence of Catholic sisters. These women have dedicated their lives to serving God and spreading the kingdom of His love. We invite you to explore the ways Catholic sisters live and work in Chicagoland by joining them online as they share from their homes, their chapels, their heritage rooms, and their ministries during National Vocation Awareness Week.

Meet Our Sisters Passport: PDF
Social Media Toolkit: PDF

 

Meet Our Sisters Tour Virtual Events

 

 

 

 

 

Benedictine Sisters of Chicago


St. Scholastica Monastery – Chicago

The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago will present a virtual tour of our St. Scholastica Monastery Chapel. The virtual tour of the chapel will be a week-long event of 7 different vignette videos on our YouTube Channel that will premiere each day of the Meet Our Sisters Tour during National Vocation Awareness Week.

TOUR THE CHAPEL ON YOUTUBE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
Click here to visit the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago YouTube Channel to subscribe and watch.

Website:
osbchicago.org
Facebook:
@BenedictineSistersofChicago
Twitter:
@OSBChicago
Instagram:
@benedictine_sisters_of_chicago

 

 

 

 

Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery

Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery – Rock Island
Learn more about the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery. Watch our Sister’s vocation videos, and take a virtual tour of the monastery and Benet House Retreat Center. Learn more about our road from Eichstatt, Bavaria to Pennsylvania, then Nauvoo, IL to our monastery today in Rock Island, IL.

MEET THE SISTERS LIVE ON ZOOM (USE THE LINK BELOW)
Each day November 2 – 6 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please email Sr. Stefanie MacDonald at smacdonald@SMMSISTERS.org to request a link for the event.

Website:
https://smmsisters.org
Facebook:
@BenedictineSistersStMaryMonastery

 

Bethany House of Hospitality – Chicago
How do Catholic Sisters live God’s mission among some of the most vulnerable people in our society: immigrant women and children in recovery from human trafficking or seeking asylum? Meet Springfield Dominican Sister Kathlyn Mulcahy, who accompanies Bethany House residents in Chicago.

REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE ZOOM EVENT
Monday, November 2 – 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Register to attend by clicking here

Website:
bethanyhouseofhospitality.com

 

 

 

Congregation of St. Joseph Ministry Center – LaGrange Park
You’re welcome to join Chicago-area Sisters of St. Joseph for prayer followed by Q&A. Our opening prayer will honor the feasts of All Saints/Souls. Then the floor is yours for asking our sisters whatever you’d like to ask! Questions? E-mail Sr. Mary Jo at vocations@csjoseph.org.

REGISTER TO MEET THE SISTERS LIVE ON ZOOM
Monday, November 2 – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Register to attend by clicking here.

Website:
csjoseph.org
Facebook:
@congregationofstjoseph
Twitter:
@congofstjoseph
Instagram:
@congregationofstjoseph

 

 

 

 

 

Dominican Literacy Center – Aurora
Learn how a community of Dominican Sisters meets the challenges of ministry to immigrants in a time of pandemic and anti-immigrant sentiment. This is what solidarity and gospel justice look like at the Dominican Literacy Center, Aurora, Ill.

REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE ZOOM EVENT
Thursday, November 5 – 1:15 – 2:15 pm

Register to attend by clicking here.

Website:
dominicanliteracycenter.org
Facebook:
@springfieldop
Twitter:
@springfieldop
Instagram:
@dominican-sisters-of-springfield-illinois/@congregationofstjoseph

 

 

Giving Voice – Chicago
Giving Voice is hosting a virtual panel discussion for Meet Our Sisters, in which 5 young Sisters will speak on behalf of their vocation and ministry, and offer a chance to ask young Sisters questions!

MEET THE SISTERS LIVE ON ZOOM
November 5 – 7:00 pm

Join the conversation by clicking here at 7 pm on November 5.

Website:
giving-voice.org
Facebook:
@giving.voice.sisters
Twitter:
@Young_Nuns
Instagram:
@givingvoicesisters

 

 

 

 

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ – Chicago
Meet several Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ who live and minister in Chicago. Learn about their ministries and the impact they have on the lives of the poor and marginalized in the city. See if their charism, mission and values match yours! Consider becoming a Sister, Volunteer, or Associate!

MEET THE SISTERS DURING VIDEOS RELEASED THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

Click here to access the videos.

Website:
poorhandmaids.org
Facebook:
@ThePoorHandmaidsofJesusChrist
Instagram:
@poorhandmaids/

 

 

 

School Sisters of Notre Dame – Chicago
Join the School Sisters of Notre Dame for evening prayer. School Sisters of Notre Dame have lived and ministered in the Chicago area for more than 150 years. Pray with a local community of SSND sisters virtually, via Zoom.

PRAY WITH THE SISTERS LIVE ON ZOOM
Saturday, November 7, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Please email Sr. Jill at sisters@ssnd.org to request a link for the evening prayer.

Website:
amssnd.org
ssndcp.org
Facebook:
@ssnd.northamerica
Twitter:
@School_Sisters
Instagram:
@ssndsisters

 

 

 

Religious Formation Conference – Chicago
The RFC is a national Roman Catholic organization serving religious institutes of men and women with programs and services for those in the ministry of initial and lifelong formation, and general congregational membership. They invite you to watch these two videos about their Life Commitment Program.

WATCH VIDEOS ABOUT RELIGIOUS LIFE AND FORMATION
Anytime

Life Commitment Program: A Transformative Intercultural Experience Video

Life Commitment Program: A Video of Remembrance and Celebration

Website:
relforcon.org
Facebook:
@relforcon
Twitter:
@relforcon

 

 

 

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Chicago
Pray the Rosary via Zoom for our immigrant brothers and sisters detained at the Broadview Immigration Processing Center and for their families. This regular event, open to all, is led by Sisters JoAnn Persch, RSM and Pat Murphy, RSM. More opportunities for support and action can be found at icdichicago.org.

PRAY WITH THE SISTERS LIVE ON ZOOM
Friday, November 6 – 7:15 – 8:30 am

Please email Sister JoAnn at jpmrsm2@gmail.com by the evening of November 4 to receive a Zoom link.

Website:
sistersofmercy.org
Facebook:
@MercySisters
Twitter:
@SistersofMercy
Instagram:
@mercysisters

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters of Saint Casimir – Chicago
The Sisters of St. Casimir extend in invitation to join us (virtually) in the Legacy Room located in Chicago, which opened in August 2018. In our 14 minute video we guide you through the Legacy Room and share the impressive history of the Sisters and their foundress Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas.

TOUR THE SISTERS’ HERITAGE ROOM – VIDEO PREMIERES ON:
Wednesday, November 4 and throughout NVAW

Please email Daina Cyvas at dcyvas@scc2601.com to receive the link for the recorded tour.

Website:
sistersofstcasimir.org
Facebook:

@SistersofStCasimir

 

 

 

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth – Des Plaines
We are an international congregation of vowed religious women dedicated to spreading the Kingdom of God’s love, particularly within families. Our sisters and postulants will be available during a registered Zoom event to talk with those who would like to know more about religious life.

REGISTER TO MEET THE SISTERS LIVE ON ZOOM
Wednesday, November 4, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Register to attend by clicking here.

Website:
nazarethcsfn.org
Facebook:
@csfn.usa
Twitter:
@csfn_usa
Instagram:
@csfn.usa