Young women to move into Magnificat House in the coming weeks to start their time of discerning the call to religious life.
In front of a full-house of local religious women from several different orders on Wednesday, August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond blessed and officially opened the Magnificat House of Discernment for Women. Magnificat House is the only full-time, archdiocesan-sponsored home opened in the United States for post-college age women to live in community while discerning a possible call to religious life.
The project, a vision of Archbishop Aymond and Sr. Sylvia Thibodeaux, SSF, Director of Religious for the archdiocese, is a collaboration of the archdiocese and various orders of religious women working in ministry in the New Orleans area that started out of a conversation with a yougn woman who is herself discernign a call to religious life. A men’s house of discernment is already open under the archdiocesan Office of Vocations for young men discerning a call to the priesthood.
The program revolves around the established daily routine of the residents and includes private prayer time, formation, spiritual direction, shared meals and community living all with the goal of assisting each individual woman discern her vocation. Residents will be expected to contribute to the daily life of the house and visitors, family and friends, would be welcome at all times.
Two local religious women, Holy Family Sister Carmen Bertrand and Sr. Diane Roche, a religious sister of the Sacred Heart, will serve as the mentor/directors of the house. At this time, five women have completed the application process to enter the house this fall.
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