Older Vocations/Belated Vocations

I am interested in a women’s religious order that doesn’t seem to exist yet. I am in my sixties and not in perfect health, but certainly able to work all day doing many things. While there seem to be some Novus Ordo orders that have been formed recently for women my age, I’m not finding a traditional order that is open to this concept. (The SSPX Oblates rejected me because I can’t kneel for prolonged periods of time.) While orders are sometimes started by bishops, they are historically more often, I believe (I could be wrong), started by groups of women joining together in a common life to do some charitable work and pray together. What would prevent a group of like-minded traditional Catholic women, who feel called to the religious life at a later age, from beginning such an undertaking? We would probably not be Sisters at first, but just women joining together and wanting to serve God’s people. The idea is quite murky in my mind as to how this would work, but I’d love to hear from anyone who has any interest in such an idea. Or does anyone know of a traditional order that is open to women in their sixties? Please contact me at: Crosspuzz@aol.com

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3 comments on “Older Vocations/Belated Vocations

  1. Blanche, your most honorable intentions must certainly be pleasing to God and Our Blessed Mother. Just keep praying.

    Whatever form God desires your service and dedication to take will eventually unfold. It might be distinct from what you have in mind but He will certainly make plain, in one fashion or another, His will for you. Ask and ye shall receive.

    Naturally, if you find a few like-minded women, I know of nothing to prevent you from simply associating for prayer and some common task or apostolate. Yet, even in something as simple as that, circumspection is still very important.

    I did know and supported in a small way a young woman intent on forming her own order back East, more than ten years ago. She was incredibly devout and quite courageously outspoken, in a very pious way, as she went about trying to convert just about anybody that crossed her path. For awhile, she had two very devout women join her and they invented their own, quite traditional-looking, “habits” and frequented churches all over Buffalo. For whatever reason, I think one of the two who had joined her, had a “vision” or something, they split and the woman I knew tried to tough it out alone in a very, very bad section of the city.

    Over the years, my contact with her lessened and I hope she’s alright. These aspirations don’t always work out as hoped. But as long as one offers oneself with genuine humility, something – even more important to God – will inevitably result. And in that you will find your happiness.

    God bless and guide you.

  2. There was a “Mother Elias” in Massachusetts, years ago, a Maronite. She had formal backing form the eparchy to found an order. I used to try to support her and talked with her on the phone once or twice. She told me she had a fair number of younger aspirants show up and, once they found out that they weren’t receiving apparitions every day and that it was very hard work trying to physically build up a tiny convent, they hit the road.

    She might be reachable. I would think she’s in her fifties by now. Perhaps a bit older.

    There is an eparchy in Brooklyn you might write for more information.

  3. sistersofstbenedictcenter.org/


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