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Visiting the Convent for the First Time? DON’T PANIC!

Visiting the Convent for the First Time? DON’T PANIC!

Novice Sr. Allison shares what her first visit to a convent was like....
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Discernment as "Co-Authoring"

Discernment as "Co-Authoring"

Recently, I received a reminder that my spiritual life is--surprise, surprise!--NOT about me! I was talking with a Sister, and she shared this insight with me: the spiritual life is not so much about looking at ourselves as it is about looking at God. If we start by looking at Him and listening to Him, then we can be sure that we are on the right path. Likewise for discernment--we are not at the center of our discernment, God is! The Holy Spirit is! So, the discernment tip of the day is--lo...
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Jesus Drew Near and Walked With Them: Lectio Divina

Jesus Drew Near and Walked With Them: Lectio Divina

Consecrated life leads us deeper into communion with our brothers and sisters than we could ever imagine. A Lectio Divina on the disciples meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), which was the Gospel chosen as the icon for the Youth Synod document.
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Meet Sr. Mary Peter!

Meet Sr. Mary Peter!

This week, meet Sr. Mary Peter! Originally from Ohio, Sr. Peter has been stationed everywhere from Alaska to Hawaii and back! She has worked in our bookcenters, on parish evangelization, with our Pauline Cooperators, and much more. She is praying for you! What is your name? Sr. Mary PeterWhere are you from originally? Youngstown, OHHow long have you been a Sister? 59 years (I entered on June 15, 1960)Briefly, how did you meet the Daughters of St. Paul? I met the Daughters of St. Paul in the...
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The Month of the Rosary

The Month of the Rosary

Welcome to the month of October—the month of the rosary! The rosary is one of the most powerful prayers that we have. Through the rosary, we can intercede for others, ask Mary’s intercession for us, and draw closer to Mary and to Jesus. The rosary is also a powerful prayer for vocational discernment. The reason for this is simple: the mysteries of the rosary lead us through the life of Christ, from the annunciation of his birth, to the crowning of his mother in heaven. And it is...
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Meet Sr. Mary Margaret!

Meet Sr. Mary Margaret!

This week, meet Sr. Mary Margaret! Currently stationed in Boston, Sr. Mary Margaret has LOTS of experience as a Daughter of St. Paul. She has traveled all over the country (and the world!) and has great advice for living a life of prayer and discernment. She is a woman of deep prayer, and among her Sisters, she is famous for her love of popcorn!What is your name? Sr Mary MargaretWhere are you from originally? Rochester, NYHow long have you been a Sister? I have been in the convent for 63 years, ...
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Arise, Go On Your Journey

Arise, Go On Your Journey

“Arise, go on your journey, trusting in the Promise.” This is a very special month for us. From September 5 to October 5, 2019, our 11th General Chapter is taking place in Rome. The General Chapter is a congregation-wide meeting that takes place every six years. It reflects on the past six years, sets goals for the upcoming six years, and elects the new Mother General and General Government for the congregation. Needless to say, it’s pretty important!Sixty Sisters are part...
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Mary is Mother, Teacher, and Queen

Mary is Mother, Teacher, and Queen

August is traditionally known as the “month of heaven,” because during August we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven (August 15), and the feast of the coronation of Mary as Queen of heaven and earth (August 22). Bl. James Alberione and Mother Thecla Merlo always encouraged us to look to heaven and think of paradise, especially when things are tough. Here are two prayers written by Bl. Alberione and Mother Thecla to help you do just that!Mary our Queen, Mother, a...
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"Google sent me to the Daughters of Saint Paul"

"Google sent me to the Daughters of Saint Paul"

A delightful interview with Orianne Dyck, a postulant in the Daughters of Saint Paul, in which she offers an inside glimpse of her discernment journey.
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The Month of St. Paul

The Month of St. Paul

June is a month full of beautiful celebrations for us Daughters of St. Paul. Our Founder, Blessed James Alberione, told us that June should be the “Month of St. Paul.” He even wrote a book with that title! With the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29 (and for the Pauline Family, the feast of St. Paul all by himself on June 30!), the whole month is an opportunity for us to pray to St. Paul, learn from him, and commit ourselves to imitating him in his following of Jesus.But before ...
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A Daughter of St. Paul "For All My Life"!

A Daughter of St. Paul "For All My Life"!

On May 18, 2019, in Nyeri, Kenya, Sr. Jackie Jean-Marie made her perpetual profession of vows as a Daughter of St. Paul! Sr. Jackie is originally from Kenya, but entered the Daughters of St. Paul in the United States. At her perpetual profession, she received her mandate from Sr Donna, our provincial superior, to serve in our community in New Orleans, Louisiana!Perpetual profession is the commitment to live the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience as a Daughter of St. Paul forever. It is the...
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"I Started To Fall in Love with Christ"

"I Started To Fall in Love with Christ"

"Everything about vocation is such a gift from God, and he's the One who's doing it.... For anyone who's discerning or unsure in their vocation, really draw close to Jesus, because he will run with your "yes"!" - Postulant Cecilia In a recent interview, Postulant Cecilia Cicone shares how God guided her--even using the hard times in her life--to draw her closer to himself, to the point of discerning her vocation to religious life and entering the Daughters of...
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St. Paul Summer Program 2019

St. Paul Summer Program 2019

St. Paul Summer Program 2019!We invite young women entering, currently in, or just finishing high school who want to learn more about the vocation to the religious life to consider our St. Paul Summer Program! This year’s summer program will take place Thursday, July 25-Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at our Novitiate House in Boston. The program includes daily Mass and Adoration, Morning and Evening Prayer with the community, an experience of our mission in our publishing house, writing and art tr...
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Meet Sr. Diane!

Meet Sr. Diane!

We love introducing you to our Sisters! This week, meet Sr. Diane Leonard! Originally from San Diego, currently stationed in Hawaii...she has lots of experience and lots of stories! 1.     What is your name?  Sr. Diane Leonard Kraus  2.     Where are you from originally? San Diego, CA 3.     How long have you been a Sister? 42 years 4.     Briefly, how did you meet the Daughters of St. P...
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How Mary Became Real to Me

How Mary Became Real to Me

May is the month traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Mother.This May, I’m really looking forward to journeying more intentionally with Mary and asking her to bring me closer to Jesus. But my relationship with Mary hasn’t always been so intentional. For a long time, I had trouble relating to Mary. I prayed to her, and I always felt a connection to her total surrender to God at the Annunciation, but I never really related to her as a mother, or as a woman.Looking back on my life, I ...
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The Greatest Freedom: the Paradox of Obedience

The Greatest Freedom: the Paradox of Obedience

(Blog post adapted from my discernment blog, CoAuthorYourLifewithGod.com.) “No one else can tell me what to do: I value my freedom too much.” Obedience is not popular today, although everyone is called to practice this virtue in some form. In terms of religious life, it's probably the hardest vow to understand in our individualistic culture when resistance to or rebellion against authority is so often seen as a virtue. Mistrust of institutions and of authority, due...
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It's Easter!

It's Easter!

Happy Easter Season from the Daughters of St. Paul! We wanted to share with you an Easter letter from our Founder, Bl. James Alberione. He not only speaks of the joy of Easter, but also of what this joy moves us toward--becoming "great saints in Christ"! This Easter season, ask our risen Jesus to guide you to the path of holiness that He has in mind for you!The whole Church is feasting, as it celebrates the Spouse who conquered the battle against hell, death and his adversaries. The Ch...
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Holy Week in the Convent

Holy Week in the Convent

Living Holy Week in the convent is a special experience of intimacy with Jesus. This Holy Week, we ask you to pray for the five young women who have joined us for our Holy Week Discernment Retreat. We will be praying for you throughout the Triduum, and we hope you enjoy this brief Holy Week reflection from our Founder, Blessed James Alberione.Be compassionate towards others; this is the second commandment: love one another. In these days the Church invites us to consider the Crucified Jesus. Thi...
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What Would Our Founder Say to Us Today?

What Would Our Founder Say to Us Today?

April 4 is the anniversary of the birth of Bl. James Alberione, Founder of the Daughters of St. Paul. What would he say to the Daughters of St. Paul today? Here are his words that both encourage and challenge us---we hope they do the same for you! (Maybe YOU are one of the "new apostles" he speaks about!)"The Church is on the move.With the progress brought by the passing of timehas also come an increasein the dangers and the means that do harm to souls.But at the same time, the Lo...
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Celibacy: Too Hard or the Greatest Love?

Celibacy: Too Hard or the Greatest Love?

(Blogpost is adapted from my blog on discernment, CoAuthorYourLifewithGod.com) “Celibacy is too hard.”I think this is one of the comments I hear the most when someone is considering religious life. And celibacy is hard. I don’t deny it. Every human being is created for the intimacy of spousal love, and celibacy is giving up that physical expression of spousal love. Renouncing all that is entailed in a spousal relationship for the sake of Christ and his kingdom is a re...
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