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Vocation Resources

The following links are full of information to further help you consider your life as a possible religious. Profiles of communities, personal quizzes to match you to potential congregations, and links to study articles to help you know where to turn if you think you may be hearing God's call.

Prayer & Spirituality Resources

Are you looking for online sources to enhance your prayer? There are links below that you can easily clink on to find something from simple minute reflections to online retreat experiences. There are also links for interactive sites with other Catholics who may have the same questions and concerns that you may have.

Religious Life
  • Poverty, Celibacy, and Obedience: A Radical Option for Life. Diarmuid O'Murchu. Crossroad Publishing, Co. 1999.
  • The Fire in These Ashes: A Spirituality of Contemporary Religious Life. Joan Chittister, OSB. Sheed & Ward Publishing. 1995.
  • The Beating of Great Wings: A Worldly Spirituality for Active, Apostolic Communities. Bernard J. Lee. SM Twenty-Third Publications. 2004.
  • Selling All: Commitment, Consecrated Celibacy, and Community in Catholic Religious Life. Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM. Paulist Press. 2001.
  • Celibacy: A Way of Loving, Living and Serving. A. W. Richard Sipe. Triumph Books. 1994.
  • Community: The Structure of Belonging. Peter Block. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2008.
  • Finding the Treasure: Locating Catholic Religious Life in a New Ecclesial and Culture. Sandra M. Schneiders IHM. Paulist Press. 2000.
  • Religious Life: A Prophetic Vision, Hope, and Promise for Tomorrow. Diarmuid O'Murchu. Ave Maria Press. 1991.
  • Wrestling With God; Religious Life in Search of Its Soul. Barbara Fiand. Herder Publishers. 1996.
Franciscan Spirituality
  • Francis of Assisi: Performing the Gospel Life. Lawrence S. Cunningham. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 2004.
  • The Sun and Moon Over Assisi. Gerard Thomas Straub. St. Anthony Messenger Publishers. 2000.
  • Francis and Clare: The Complete Works. Translation and Introduction by Regis J. Armstrong and Ignatius C. Brady, OFM. Paulist Press Publications. 1982.
  • The Way of St. Francis: The Challenge of Franciscan Spirituality for Everyone. Murray Bodo, OFM. St. Anthony Messenger Press. 1995.
  • The Humility of God. Ilia Delio, OSF. St. Anthony Messenger Press. 2006.
  • Franciscan Prayer. Ilia Delio, OSF. St. Anthony Messenger Press. 2004.
  • In The Footsteps of Francis and Clare. Roch Niemier, OFM. St. Anthony Messenger Press. 2006.
  • Francis: The Journey and the Dream. Murrary Bodo, OFM. St. Anthony Messenger Press. 1988.
  • St. Francis and the Song of Brotherhood and Sisterhood. Eric Doyle, OFM. The Franciscan Institute. 1997.
General Spirituality
  • God's Voice With: The Ignatian Way to Discover God's Will. Mark Thibodeaux and James Martin SJ. Loyola Press. 2010.
  • Discernment: A Path to Spiritual Awakening. Rose Mary Dougherty. Paulist Press. 2009
  • The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision-Making. Elizabeth Liebert. Westminister John Knox Press. 2008.
  • Decision Making & Spiritual Discernment: The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way (Art of Spiritual Living). Nancy Bieber. Skylight Paths Publishing. 2010.
  • With Open Hands. Henri J.M. Nouwen. Image Books and Doubleday Publishers. 1979.
  • The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality. Ronald Rolheiser. Doubleday Publishers. 1999.
  • Paths to Prayer: Finding Your Own Way to the Presence of God. Patricia D. Brown. Jossey-Bass Publishing. 2003.
  • Mysteries In My Hands: Young People, Life, and the Rosary. Maureen P. Provencher. St. Mary Press. 2005.
  • Prayers Before An Awesome God: The Psalms for Teenagers. David Haas. St. Mary Press. 1998.
  • My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Teens on Life, Love, and Courage. Editor: John Vitek. St. Mary Press. 2001.
  • The Catholic Youth Prayer Book. St. Mary Press. 2006.
  • The Last Lecture. Randy Pausch. Hyperion Publisher. 2008.
  • Prayer: A Practical Guide. Rev. Martin Pable, OFM, Cap. Assisting Christians to Act Publications. 2002.
  • The Wounded Healer. Henri J.M. Houwen. Doubleday Publishers. 1972.
  • Garden of a Thousand Gates: Pathways to Prayer. Carl Koch. St. Mary Press. 1998.
  • The Dark Night of the Soul. Gerald G. May, M.D. Harper San Francisco/HarperCollins Publishers. 2005.
  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. Parker J. Palmer. Jossey-Bass Publishers. 2000.
  • Going On Retreat: A Beginner's Guide to the Christian Retreat Experience. Margaret Silf. Loyola Press. 2002.
  • Touching the Holy: Ordinariness, Self-esteem, and Friendship. Robert J. Wicks. Ave Maria Press. 1992.
  • Listening to the Music of the Spirit: The Art of Discernment. David Lonsdale, SJ. Ave Maria Press. 1992.
  • Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson, M.D. Putnam's and Sons Publishers. 1998.

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