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Vocations Ireland Conference on Equipping Religious Communities for Vocation Ministry

'It is a myth to say young people today are not interested in religious  life,' a conference of vocations directors in Dublin has been told.

Sister Deborah Marie Borneman SS.C.M. from the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) in the U.S. was addressing Vocation Ireland's summer seminar at the Emmaus Retreat Centre on 17th May 2014.

'A survey in the State showed that four in ten young women involved in third level Catholic Campus Ministry have seriously considered becoming a religious sister,' Sr Debbie said.'That's a remarkable figure.'

'There is much work to do,' she added. 'God calls, people respond but we must continue to  invite - this is a mission for everyone in the Church.'

'When people talk about religious vocations they often unfairly contrast today's situation with the 1960s. But that  was over  50 years ago! Those who are entering secondary school this autumn haven't lived through the 90s yet alone the 60s! Constantly referring to the 60s as the benchmark isn't useful.'

'We need to remind ourselves that there are almost a million religious in the Church today. Let's celebrate the new vocations that answer the Lord's call.'

'We had over 100 vocations directors at our seminar today,' said Ann Marie Gallagher, Director of Vocations Ireland. 'Our theme was 'Equipping Religious Communities for Vocation Ministry' so a lot of the focus was on effective methods of promoting this way of life.'

Vocations Ireland is the umbrella organisation which promotes vocations to male and female religious congregations, contemplative orders and missionary societies.

Sr Debbie, a native of Pittsburgh, is a Sister of Saints Cyril and Methodius

 

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