Time to Wake Up to
The Lord

by Emily and Lauren

Saint Gertrude H. S.

Religious Vocations
The three religious vocations  are sisterhood, priesthood, and brotherhood.  Some of them take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and dedicate their lives to serve the church and God.  The decision to become a religious is very serious and takes much thought, consideration, and prayer.  Many times, religious say they felt a personal call from God.

Priests
A priest is called to proclaim the Word of God through Mass, sacraments, and leading the community.  Some priests take vows of obedience, poverty, and celibacy- these priests  are called religious order priests.   Many priests lead their own churches/parishes, while others prefer to travel around the world to different churches, preaching God's Word.

Saint Gertrude students celebrate the Eucharist with their priest.

Sisters and Brothers
Sisters and Brothers, as well as all religious, take vows of poverty-sharing all things with others and the poor, celibacy, and obedience, listening to God through prayer and others.  Sisters do many things, including teaching, serving the needy with health care or other services, working in parishes, or serving in foreign missions.  Many sisters choose to live in a convent, in the company of many other nuns; whereas, others decide to live outside the convent, as an everyday person.

Here are four of the Benedictine Sisters of Bristow, Virginia.

Lay Ministry