VocationsThe Vocation Director

I am happy that you have found your way to our website. I hope the information you will find in these pages will be helpful to you as you seek to know our community better.

It is with great joy that I begin my assignment as Vocation Director for our community. I have been blessed to work with Sr. Mary Emily in the vocation office over the course of several summers. She served our community well in this capacity and is now the principal of one of our schools. Sister will be missed, but she eagerly embraces the work God has for her in this new assignment.

It is a wonderful gift to serve in the vocation office and to witness the beautiful work the Lord is doing in so many lives. Daily I see a willingness to say “yes” to his call and to give him everything. Vocations are the Lord’s work, and so it is my role to be there when his work has resonated in the hearts of those who are so generously responding. The Lord has a plan of holiness for each of us, and through the process of discernment a young woman discovers how the Lord is specifically inviting her to live this out. 

Many are hearing the call to give everything and are seeking an authentic religious life that is joyfully lived. They have discovered that true happiness is realized in doing the Lord’s will, and have found Pope Benedict XVI’s words at the beginning of his pontificate to be true, “If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great... He takes nothing away, and He gives you everything. When we give ourselves to Him, we receive a hundred-fold in return” (St. Peter’s Square, April 24, 2005).

If you have heard the Lord’s gentle invitation to religious life, it may have taken you by surprise. Fear is not an uncommon response to the first stirrings of a religious vocation. As the Lord begins to make his will known, we may find ourselves saying, “Who,  me?”... “But, I am not good enough, holy enough, pious enough!”… “What if I make a mistake?” However, if one is called to the religious life then, with time and prayer, fear turns to conviction and we can begin the first steps to finding and accepting his will. This conviction brings a peace and joy that nothing else can match. A young woman open to the call to give her whole life to Christ will find that she can only surrender to this irresistible prompting that He has placed within her heart.

I am happy to help you in any way that I can. Please feel free to contact me with questions, knowing that I welcome the opportunity to share with you what it means to be a Dominican Sister of Saint Cecilia. The Lord desires to reveal his plan for your life, and will give you the grace to respond with a generous and joy-filled heart.

In communion with Our Holy Father during this Year of Faith, “Let us turn in prayer to the Virgin Mary that in the whole Church priestly, religious and lay vocations ripen in service to the new evangelization” (Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus, September 18, 2011).

For more information:
Sister Peter Marie, O.P.
St. Cecilia Motherhouse
Vocation Office
801 Dominican Drive
Nashville, TN 37228-1909