Communities that Accept Belated Vocations

I know there are both older men and women discerners on these forums. We pray for you daily because you have a harder time finding your “True Home.” That being said, look locally first, which includes dioceses next door to yours, and always look at the ones with whom you are most familiar. The Holy Ghost works on attraction. Even if a community says they won’t accept over age 35 – or whatever their cutoff age is – should you still have an attraction to them, they may give a hearing.

Older vocations can also be accepted as extern sisters or claustral oblates in monasteries.

LCWR communities are often more open to delayed vocations. Communities in the UK often are, as well.

Here is the link to the search engine on the Institute on Religious Life’s website:

Active Communities:

Daughters of Divine Hope, TX:

Family of Jacopa Association, OH:

Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope:

Children of Mary, OH:


Visitation Nuns:

Nuns of Perpetual Adoration:
Anchorage, AK:
Sioux Falls, SD:
San Francisco, CA (opens with video): (has page listing other monasteries)

Capuchin Poor Clares:

The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration may accept those over 35. The Hanceville, AL, house has a cutoff age of 35. Other monasteries may not.

Mrs Cloisters OP
Lay Dominican
(Our emerging charism – the second link – doesn’t have an age limit)


THANK YOU for all of the information you share here and all of the help you give. God Bless you!

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I’ve noticed this question has been asked several times on this site and the old site.

If there is a site that lists this information, I don’t know where it is.

Would it be possible to start one divided between men and women and break it down by age into 35, 45, and 45+. I think it would help a lot of people.

I believe that Catholic Answers is a site that attracts a significant number of delayed vocations. It would also be a way for dioceses and religious orders to find great people with necessary real-world experience. It would introduce discerners to communities that are interested and curtail investigation into communities that really have no interest in anyone with a single grey hair.

It is just a thought.

Your wonderful ministry already helps a great many people. I’m confident that I speak for many who believe that you are a rock star in the world of vocations.

May God be praised if any good comes from this keyboard! I just need to sit down and create a new page on my main website with such information. We have a page for new communities. Speaking of which, many new communities don’t have an age limit. The main bugaboo is healthcare for those who enter then have health issues arise. The UK has national healthcare, hence the reason delayed vocations are often accepted.

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Thanks SO MUCH!

Here are some more I thought of:

Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara:

Benedictine Daughters of the Divine Will (Italy):

Grace and Compassion Benedictines (UK):

Adoration Sisters, Belfast, Ireland:

Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (UK):

Sisters of Divine Grace (Idaho):

All Saints Sisters of the Poor (Maryland):

From VISION vocations magazine:

Article from Aleteia, which includes links:

More links on this page:

There had been a guidance counselor in Louisiana who had done just that – actually contacted the communities to see what their top age limit was (for women). She had everything arranged from youngest to oldest. I can’t find her blog, however. I think she deleted it because she couldn’t keep it current.

Marmion Abbey in Illinois accepted one of our Safe Harbor list members. He had originally been accepted as a claustral oblate, but they went ahead and admitted him to the novitiate.

We’ve been supporting a thirty-something from across the pond for as long as we’ve been online (2002). Many rejections, even after live-ins. She may have found her “True Home” with the one she is visiting now.

Hint: if applying for an active community, take interest in the sisters/brothers the minute you get there. Don’t think you’ll have a chance to communicate with them after you’re accepted. Active communities are a complete 180 from cloistered communities. The latter requires silence and submission. The former does too, but in a different way.

Community of the Resurrection will accept up to age 60. Must have good physical and psychological health.

Another bit of advice: be sure to contact the diocesan vocations director. Apparently, so many did so in the UK that someone sponsored a vocations fair for belated vocations.

The Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood, Daughters of Mary Immaculate, is a contemplative community that has been known to accept older vocations, particularly the NH house:

Other Precious Blood monasteries:

Watertown, NY:
Portland, ME:

If anyone has an update on the Monastery of the Precious Blood in Brooklyn, would be much obliged.

Carmels in the US, Canada, UK, and Irish Republic which have a history of accepting older vocations:

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Primarily for age 62 and up, but all ages are welcome…

Companions of Clare, Maine:

I think she also welcomes former religious.

I don’t think the following sisters have been mentioned previously:

Sisters of the Curate of Ars:

The contemplative Sisters of the Visitation in Ohio accept belated vocations (45 is their standard cutoff, but they’re willing to consider older applicants in exceptional cases). I don’t think they’ve been mentioned here previously

The Visitation monasteries of the US and UK are all listed on my organization’s Clearinghouse site for them:

I also have another Clearinghouse site for Carmels known to accept delayed vocations. That link is a few posts above this one.

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