‘Convent hopping’ offers young women the opportunity to see religious life firsthand


By Catholic Review Staff

Individuals in the market for a new vehicle take cars out for test drives. Men and women planning their nuptials visit bakeries for taste testings. Now young women interested in a religious life have the opportunity to “sample” a variety of convents.

In a day of “convent hopping,” young women between the ages of 11 and 17 will tour area convents to develop a greater understanding of the religious life and Baltimore’s rich Catholic tradition and culture. The Archdiocese Vocations Committee is sponsoring the Feb. 16 event where young women will meet nuns from five different orders and see the work they do to serve God and the church.

Discerning a vocation and choosing which order to enter requires much thought, and these visits will give women a better idea of convent life and the charism of each order.

Each attendee is asked to bring $10 for lunch and a donation for the sisters.

 To register, contact Terry Maxwell, tmaxwellhouse@verizon.net, 410-296-0508 or Marlene Lauer at graysoxmom@msn.com, 410-733-4281

The suggested schedule is:

  • 8:45 a.m.-10 a.m. Meet at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville and visit with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia, 700 Academy Road, Catonsville.


  • 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit with the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate of the Lord of Matara (Mass at 11 a.m.), St. Martin’s Home, 601 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville


  • 2:30-5 p.m. Visit with Missionaries of Charity (Holy hour at 3 p.m.) at Gift of Hope, 818 N. Collington Ave., Baltimore. (Father Michael DeAscanis will lead benediction)


Jan. 30, 2013 CatholicReview.org 


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