I am a parishioner at St Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, NC. I am a father with a wife and three children. I was talking with my sister who complained that the parish seemed too big. I could only agree. We both talked about how she went to the diocesan vocations director for women, and how ice it was to get advice and spiritual direction from her. But when that vocation search ended with “the religious life is not for you, God bless!” It felt very disheartening. I talked about my similar experience with vocation discernment. I came up with an idea. There needs to be a vocation group or discernment process for people whose lives have no tidy answers, or “demand” for their presence. It is glorious to be called to the clergy. It is wonderful to be a religious. But what about the devout life, as St Francis de Sales calls it? I have in mind a small grpup, with no purpose other than intensifying prayer and conversion in the midst of very time constrained lives. Something as formal as a Third Order would be too much. This would be about basic baptismal identity and discipleship. Is there anyone in,the Raleigh/Durham area who might be interested?