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Diocese of Scranton
Vocations Office

300 Wyoming Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503-1279
Phone: 570-207-1452
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The commonality of any Priest, Brother, Sister or any person living a religious vocation is the positive offering made of a life to Christ. He or she offers everything to Christ, living only for Him. This means fundamentally that Christ is chosen over any other human to be the center of life (chastity), that Christ is valued more than any material thing that could ever be possessed (poverty), and the will and work of Christ is of paramount importance (obedience).

If you are wondering if you are called, no matter whom you are, where you're from, or what you want—you need to turn your attention to this matter, and to allow yourself to find the true answer.

So how, exactly, does one become a Sister?

Pray about this calling you are sensing. No matter what comes of it, the call is real. Try to be as open as possible to the idea that God may be calling you to do something special, something extraordinary. Read scripture, especially stories about people who are also trying to figure out what God is asking of them and how they should respond. And pray in a communal setting—participate in Mass, attend a bible study, and surround yourself with like-minded supporters.

Get to know Sisters. This is an important step because it allows you to witness how a religious life is really lived. It can also give you an idea if such a life could be a realistic fit for you. It is important to realize that religious life is very diverse. You can interact with Sisters by attending Mass or a prayer service at a religious community's Motherhouse or convent, go on a retreat led by Sisters, or you can even participate in a“nun run” (going from convent to convent with other discerning women to check out communities and get to know a variety of Sisters), or even take a course or workshop taught by a Sister.

Get in contact with a community. When the time is right, you should start to explore different religious communities. This type of exploration does not mean you have to commit, but it is essential to the discernment process. Below is a list of our communities and their contact information.

Work with the Vocation Director. The Vocation Director of a particular religious community is the official person who helps you to get to know the community and to discern God's call in your life. The Vocation Director is a member of the community that you are considering joining. This is the person who would lead you through all the formal steps of becoming a Sister within a particular religious community. Their contact information is below.

Join the community of your choice. If both you and the community have discerned that God indeed intends you for one another, you go through the formal steps of joining.

Communities Serving in the Diocese of Scranton:

Bernardine Franciscan Sisters

Sister Shaun Kathleen Wilson, O.S.F.
Office of Vocations and Affiliates
Bernardine Franciscan Sisters
460 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607-1737
[email protected]

Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

Sister Maria Therese Healy, O.Carm.
St. Theresa’s Motherhouse
600 Woods Road
Germantown, NY 12516

Congregation of Notre Dame

Sister Rose Mary Sullivan, CND
Staten Island-, NY
[email protected]

Little Sisters of the Poor

Sister Kathleen Murphy, l.s.p.
Holy Family Residence
2500 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509
[email protected]

Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate

Sr. Dolores Marie, P.V.M.I.
Vocation Director
P.O. Box 658
Monroe, New York 10949
[email protected]

Passionist Nuns

Vocation Director
St. Gabriel’s Monastery
Griffin Pond Road
South Abington Township, PA 18411
[email protected]

Religious Teachers Filippini

Sister Shirlee Tremont, M.P.F.
Vocation Director
(917) 349-7935
[email protected]

Sisters of Christian Charity

Sister Bernadette McCauley, S.C.C.
Vocation Director
350 Bernardville Road, Mallinckrodt Convent
Mendham, NJ  07945
973-543-6528, ext. 274
  [email protected]

Sisters of the Good Shepherd

Sister Debbie Drago, R.G.S.
82-31 Doncaster Place
Jamaica, NY 11432
[email protected]

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

8380 Colesville Road, Suite 300
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Sisters of Notre Dame

Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius

Villa Sacred Heart
Danville, PA  17821
[email protected]

Sisters of Saint Joseph

Sister Charlene Diorka, S.S.J.
Philadelphia, PA
Email: [email protected]

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Director of Vocations
Sister Mindy Welding, IHM
IHM Center
2300 Adams Ave.
Scranton, PA 18509
570 346-5414
Email: [email protected]
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Religious Brothers and Priest Communities Serving in the Diocese of Scranton:

Congregation of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Rev. Lee Havey, C.P.
Saint Ann’s Passionist Monastery
1233 Saint Ann Street
Scranton, PA 18504

Holy Cross Community

Rev. Daniel Issing, C.S.C.
King's College
133 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Society of Jesus Community

Rev. Thomas A. Pesci, S.J.
Capion Hall
800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510

Oblates of Saint Joseph

Rev. John Shearer, O.S.J.
Email: [email protected]

Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter



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