Religious communities offer ‘come and see’ events for men and women

Record File Photo by Marnie McAllister
Trappist monks processed through the halls of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Nelson County, Ky., from the church to the dining hall at lunchtime in this 2011 file photo. The Trappists, the Dominican Sisters of Peace and the Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph are hosting discernment weekends.

Record Staff Report

Three religious congregations that serve in the Archdiocese of Louisville are offering discernment opportunities for men and women considering religious life.

  • The Dominican Sisters of Peace will hold a “come and see” retreat Sept. 7 to 9 at the motherhouse in St. Catharine, Ky. Single Catholic women ages 18 to 45 are invited to attend.

For more information, call or text Sister June Fitzgerald at 570-336-3991 or email Some travel assistance is available on a need basis.

  • The Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph will host a “come and see” weekend Oct. 12 to 14 for Catholic women ages 18 to 40 interested in discerning a call to be an Ursuline Sister. There is no cost to attend the weekend , which will be at the motherhouse in Maple Mount, Ky.

To reserve a place, contact Sister Monica Seaton at or 270-229-0601 by Sept. 17.

  • Single Catholic men ages 18 to 35 who are healthy “of mind and body” are invited to a “come and see” vocation weekend retreat Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at the Abbey of Gethsemani, 3642 Monks Road, Trappist, Ky.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend the Liturgy of the Hours in choir with the monks and tour their workplaces. There will also be sessions for listening to the witness of other monks.

To register for the free event, contact Father Anton at 502-549-4116 or using the subject line “come and see.” Space is limited.

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