Discernment Retreats

Why You Should Come to Our Next Discernment Retreat

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A Discernment Retreat is an opportunity to enter into the prayer of Jesus. Before choosing the Apostles, our Lord “departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God” (Lk 6:12). 

Jesus’ example shows us the importance of taking time in prayer and discernment to discover God’s specific purpose for our lives.

Have you been looking for a religious community that is both Eucharistic and Marian?

Wondering if maybe you should get to know the Mercedarian Sisters and their charism?

Contact Sr. Jeanette to learn more about our next DISCERNMENT RETREAT!!!  

Discern God's will for you while learning about our Eucharistic and Marian charism. The Sisters and the "baby nuns" will be available to talk and pray with and for you! Our Discernment Retreats are usually held in March and October.

Young ladies age 18 - 35 are invited.

« Read Sr. Jeanette's Letter and Sign Up For Our Discernment Retreat! »

The retreats are held in Cleveland, OH.

The Discernment Retreat involves five goals, or expectations:

1. Growth in the discernment process:  By now you are probably feeling more strongly called to religious life, and you have probably checked out a few religious communities and even formed a friendship with the sisters there. This retreat allows you to take a step further in your discernment.  It will provide the opportunity to have one or more personal conversations with the vocation director of our community, who will prayerfully discern with you your vocation.

2. Learning about the spirituality of the Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament: Our community was founded to spread devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament throughout the world, particularly through education. Our charism is two-fold: Eucharistic and Marian. Our devotion requires the mediation of Mary, who leads us to Jesus. Devotion to her Son in the Eucharist cannot be done without she who is the True Tabernacle and Ark of the New Covenant!

3. Learning about the life of Our Mother Foundress Maria del Refugio: Our Foundress Maria del Refugio was a widow and mother who sought a closer walk with Christ. Maria del Refugio felt the desire to love and serve others by bringing them to Christ, reaching out particularly to children and young people. She fulfilled her desire to start a religious community that adores Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament by founding our Institute in 1910 in Mexico City; it has since spread to 12 countries.

4. Learning about our Apostolate: We are devoted to establishing the Eucharistic Kingdom of Jesus Christ.  We are daughters of the Heavenly King, entrusted with loving Him in the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist.  We do so mainly through making reparation for the sins committed against our Eucharistic Lord, and by leading others to experience His love.

5. Sharing the life of the Sisters: As one of our guests, you will participate in the Divine Office, the celebration of the Eucharist, the Holy Rosary, our communal meals, and recreation. You’ll get to know us a bit, and we will get to know you!

"I would like to ask each of you: What will you do with your life? What are your plans? Have you ever thought of committing your existence totally to Christ? Do you think that there can be anything greater than to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus?"

- St. John Paul II

"Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit."

- Pope Francis

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