I have thought about going into vocations as I feel I am being called to something, but I guess i’m not the most attractive candidate as several have chosen not to even see me because I have mental illness, have been divorced (annulled), and am 45 years old. So now have decided not to go the route anymore of becoming a nun instead I am just trying to start up ministries. One of which is working and sharing with people who have mental illness in institutions, the forgotten ones. Please pray for me that God will guide and if this ministry is meant to be it will happen. I pray for guidance in His will for my ministries. I want to serve Him with my whole heart I love Him so much! Thank you all for your prayers!
Check out my page Mature Vocations here on this forum. Peace.
Maybe try outreach, working with the poor and the hungry. It’s very tough, but also totally awesome. Look into St Vincent de Paul, read some books on him, not just the organizations named after him. Totally worth it! One of my favorite Saints!!!
Praying for you.
Praying for you to find your niche.
Our Charity Associates of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (CAMM) has a St Dymphna Ministry. You’d be welcome to begin discernment with us.
Due to the mental illness, you’d not be permitted to join the emerging Congregation of Charity of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (CCMM). cloisters.tripod.com/charity/
The CAMM entrance date is the first Monday after Jan 1. Each member is encouraged to work locally with any established Vincentian Ministries – or other outreach. The best place to start is one’s own Parish.
If you like a particular way of life, many orders have the opportunity to join a third order or become an oblate (such as a Third Order Franciscan or a Benedictine Oblate). These are usually groups of lay men and women, and could be a way for you to still be associated with a religious order. For example, where my aunt is a Benedictine nun, candidates go through a formation period of studying the Rule of St. Benedict and learning how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. I have been considering becoming a Benedictine oblate myself.
Offering prayers for you.
This is exactly what I was thinking too, starlady, for Elohimrules.
You could check out a Third Order or an Oblate, such as starlady suggests in her posts.
Since you have also been trying to discern various vocations, I would definitely recommend speaking to your Pastor, too, to seek his help and guidance.
May God bless you on your journey of faith.
Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
Check with Holy Name Benedictine Monastery in Florida. I’ve heard they take ladies with mental illness: benedictinesistersoffl.org/
Thanks for everyone’s support, prayers, and help. I think at this time I have decided not to become a nun but to just live like one on my own and serve God in these two ministries I am trying to start up through my local church. Keep these ministries in your prayers and again thank you Cloisters for your information. But I guess at this point I am not feeling called to a vocation right now but to just serve where I am the best I can
If you’re not already a member of our Safe Harbor Vocation Support, you’re welcome to join. Just pm me your email address and I can send you an invitation. What you’re trying to do is develop a personal prayer rule. Go to archive.org, look up St. Vincent’s Manual, and somewhere in the pages numbered in the 500s, there are guidelines for developing a personal prayer rule.
I suggest you read about St. Gemma if you haven’t already. She had similar issues and her life is very inspiring!