Communities accepting older vocations thread


I have found in the CAF archives a number of posts regarding older discerners. It seems as if the older, disabled, or divorced discerner doesn’t have a lot of choice.

If we could please post to this thread the communities who accept persons over age 30, I’m sure someone would appreciate it. Please state the age limit, if there is one.

Franciscan Sisters Minoresses, UK (up to age 40):

Mater Ecclesiae, UK (40-65):


St. Gertrude’s, Cottonwood, ID (21-55):

Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, Baltic, CT (18-35):


Fort Smith, AR, Benedictines (18-45):

Eudist Servants of the Eleventh Hour (46-65):

Chicago, IL Benedictines (21-50):!resources/cyjf


Sisters of Christian Charity, Wilmette, IL (20-50):

Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (18-40):

Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque, IA (open age limit):


Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters in Victoria, TX, will accept up to age 50.

They are having a come and see this coming weekend.


The vast majority of communities in the US now accept people over 30. I think the definition of “delayed vocations” or “older vocations” would now be considered to be at least over 40 and perhaps up to 50 or more.


There had been two websites dedicated to the belated vocations, but both are now unpublished. This thread is fulfilling a need.

Not all communities have the same lower age, either.



Poor Sisters of Jesus Crucified and the Sorrowful Mother, Brocton, MA (20-55):


The Family of Jacopa Association in Steubenville, Ohio.
Our Franciscan, religious community is almost 4 years old and is a Public Association of the Christian Faithful in the Diocese of Steubenville. We are faithful to the Roman Catholic Church and wear a traditional habit. Our members are 40 years old and over. We offer our prayers and service to widows, the elderly, our heroic priests, mothers and families. Pax et Bonum! Call us for more information!


All Saints Sisters of the Poor, MD (21 and older, indiv basis):

Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, CT (18-35; older on indiv basis):

Auxiliaries of the Blessed Sacrament, WI (18-35; older on indiv basis):

St. Emma’s Benedictine Monastery, PA (18-39):

Carmel of Christo Rey, CA (20-40):

Carmel of the Assumption, Latrobe, PA: (20-45):

Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Salt Lake City, UT (20-40):


Carmel of the Holy Family, Erie, PA (18-39; Older Indiv Basis):

Calced Carmelites, Coopersburg, PA (18-38):

Carmel of Our Lady & St Therese, Carmel, CA (21-40; older indiv basis):

Carmel of Dallas, TX (18-40; older indiv basis):

Carmel of Port Tobacco, MD (18-40):

Carmel of Alhambra, CA (20-35):

Carmel of Terre Haute, IN (21-45):
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Carmel of Mary, Wahpeton, ND (18-35):

Carmel of Lafayette, LA (17-35):
Please note lower age


Calced Carmelites, Christoval, TX (20-37; older to early 40s):

Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, NY (19-45):

Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, Toronto, Ontario, CAN (no age limit; belated vocations considered):

Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, WI (18-30; older indiv basis):

Carmelite Sisters of the Eucharist, MA: (20-35; older indiv basis):

Congregation of the Divine Spirit, OH (18-35; older indiv basis)

Contemplative Sisters of the Good Shepherd (up to 45):


Corpus Christi Carmelites, NE (18-40):

Lacon Franciscans, IL (18-40; older indiv basis):

Daughters of St. Mary of Providence, IL (18-30; older indiv basis):

Carmel of Santa Fe, NM (20-40; older indiv basis):

Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Alexandria, SD (17+; older indiv basis/good health):

Carmel of Little Rock, AR (21-45):

Carmel of Danvers, MA (up to 48):

Carmel of Loretto, PA (20-35; 21-40 for extern):

Carmel of Traverse City, MI (17-35; site says:
Rare exceptions to the normal age limit may be made on an individual basis. Childlike docility, detachment, and flexibility are essential for anyone aspiring to Carmel. These qualities are usually more challenging to older candidates

Carmel of Morristown, NJ (18-40; older indiv basis):

Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, TX (18-40):

Cloistered Dominican Nuns, Farmington Hills, MI (21-40):

Cloistered Dominican Nuns, Springfield, IL (21-40):

Cloistered Dominican Nuns, Menlo Park, CA (20-40; older indiv basis):


Here are some questions for reflection for discerners, from the Olivetian Benedictines:

I would suggest all discerners look over the list, but most particularly the belated ones.


Cloistered Dominican Nuns, Lufkin, TX (20-40):

Hawthorne Dominicans, NY (18-50; def not over 50):

Dominican nuns of the perpetual rosary, WI (21-40; belated voc considered limited basis)

Dominicans, Justice, IL (18-35; exceptions very infrequent & never over 40):

Franciscans, Beaverton, OR (18-45; older indiv basis):

Franciscans, Davenport, IA (20-35; prudent exceptions can be made at both ends of age spectrum. Women with children or grandchildren not considered):

Franciscan Sisters of St. John the Baptist, IL (18-35; older indiv basis):

Franciscan Sisters, Sylmar, CA (15-30; older indiv basis):


Handmaids of the Precious Blood, TN (19-40; older indiv basis):

Hermits of St. Mary of Carmel, MN (30-50; younger if exceptional; older indiv basis):

Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, MO (18-35; up to 40 on indiv basis):

Little Sisters of St. Francis, NH (21-50; older indiv basis):

Little Sisters of the Poor, US Provinces (18-40; older indiv basis):

Lovers of the Holy Cross, CA (17-35; older indiv basis):

Mercedarians of the Blessed Sacrament, OH (18-35; older indiv basis):

Missionary Benedictines, NE (19-45; inquire regarding exceptions):

Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver, MN (18-30; older up to 40; indiv basis):


Missionary Srs of the BVM, Queen of Mercy, NE (18-35; older indiv basis):

Missionary Srs of the Mother of God (Ukrainian Rite) (18-40):

Olivetian Benedictines, AR (18-50):

Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, NY (19-35; older indiv basis):

Passionist Nuns, MO (20-35; older indiv basis):

Poor Clare Colettines, Cleveland, OH (20-35; older indiv basis up to 50):

Poor Clare Colettines, Minooka, IL (18-40; older indiv basis):

Poor Clare Missionary Sisters, CA (18-30; older indiv basis):

Poor Clare Colettines, NM (18-30; older indiv basis but not beyond 40):

Poor Clare Colettines, Belleville, IL (18-35; older indiv basis but not beyond 40):

Poor Clare Colettines, Santa Barbara, CA (18-35; older indiv basis; will also consider active religious):


Poor Clares, Boston, MA (20-49; older indiv basis):

Poor Clares, Aptos, CA (18-35; older indiv basis):

Poor Clares, Sauk Rapids, MN (18-40; older indiv basis):

Rosarian Dominican Sisters, CA (18-30; older indiv basis):

Franciscans, Lemont, IL (18-35; older indiv basis):

Panhandle Franciscans, TX (18-39):

Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood, NY (20-45; older indiv basis):

Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood, NH (20-40; older indiv basis):

Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, CT (18-35; older indiv basis):

Sisters of Christian Charity, NJ (18-45; up to 49 indiv basis):

Sisters of Life, NY (21-35; older indiv basis; degree may be required):

Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows, LA (18-35; older indiv basis):

Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist, MO (18-40; older indiv basis):

Dilligen Franciscans, ND (18+):


Sisters of St. Rita, WI (18-50; older indiv basis):

Sisters of the Presentation of the BVM, NY (No age limit given; each given indiv consid):

Sisters of the Resurrection, NY (18-45):

Franciscans, Peoria, IL (18-40; indiv basis up to 50):

Visitation Nuns, AL (18-60):

Visitation Nuns, GA (no age limit):

Visitation Nuns, OH (18-50; older indiv basis):

Visitation Nuns, MA (18-45):


Daughters of Divine Hope, TX:

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