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May 19, 2019


Our guests are Sister Jenny Zimmerman and Friar John Bamman. Sister Jenny is the vocation director for the Sisters of Notre Dame, and Friar John is the vocation director for the Conventual Franciscan Friars. 

(02:00) From grade school troublemaker to friar

(05:00) Resisting the call to religious life in Defiance, Ohio

(09:40) The many doorways of vocations

(11:00) Finding a home with the Conventual Franciscan Friars

(15:00) Sister Jenny gets a phone call from God

(19:00) “Joyful simplicity” – the spirit of the Sisters of Notre Dame 

(27:00) Spiritual mentoring as a way to help young adults see God’s activity in their lives

(32:30) Discernment fail vs. discernment success

(35:00) Listener question: Can people try out religious life before they join?

(38:00) Volunteer experiences as a way to get to know nuns and friars: A Guide to Religious Ministries, Catholic Volunteer Network

(39:30) Listener question: I left the seminary because I didn’t like it, so why can’t I stop thinking about it?

(45:30) What’s the big deal about vocation—why does it matter

(48:00) Listener question: My family doesn’t do church and I don’t know any nuns, so why do I feel like I want to be a nun?

(52:00) The process of becoming a nun or friar

Sisters of Notre Dame, Toledo Province

Conventual Franciscan Friars, Province of Our Lady of Consolation

National Religious Vocation Conference

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