God Calling: Vocation Vibes

Conversations with the Little Sisters of the Poor on the topic of vocations today

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Tuesday May 14, 2024

The Little Sisters of the Poor treasure their lay “Jeanne Jugan Associates,” men and women at least 18 years of age who embrace both the spirituality and the mission of their foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan and of their religious family. Meet our new Associates who have just made their promises for the first time and listen as they relate what drew them to the charism of this religious family, as well as the joy that they experience as they now set out upon this special “vocation within their vocation.” While the role of the laity has received greater emphasis since Vatican II, many vowed religious families have long had formally organized lay associations; please enjoy this glimpse into ours!
For further information about the Jeanne Jugan Associates or the Little Sisters of the Poor, please contact lspusapodcast@gmail.com. And for the sake of vocation awareness, kindly consider liking, widely sharing, and subscribing/following; we’ll be so grateful!

Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

WHAT IS A RELIGIOUS BROTHER? As we highlight Religious Brothers’ Day which is celebrated in May of each year, Brother Tom Osorio from the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God relates his experience of the vocation to religious brotherhood. In conversation with Sr. Carolyn from the Little Sisters of the Poor, Brother Tom describes the sacred space where the religious Brother and those whom he serves both enter into an encounter with God. In living the vowed life of a religious (and particularly the vow of hospitality which Brother Tom’s and Sr. Carolyn’s communities both share), Brother Tom speaks of the movement from “doing” to “being” to “embracing”.
Among the many different ministries in which various communities of Brothers labor in the Church, Brother Tom’s religious family brings Jesus’ healing wherever there is a need—from the care of the weakest and most forgotten to serving as Brother nurses for the Pope at the Vatican.
For comments, questions, or connection to additional resources, or for vocation accompaniment, contact: lspusapodcast@gmail.com.

Monday Apr 15, 2024

“COMMITMENT TODAY: IS IT POSSIBLE?” Sr. Carolyn and Sr. Veronica Susan from the Little Sisters of the Poor explore this question with Erin, Claire, and Julie--three Christ in the City Missionaries who articulate some of the thoughts and concerns of today’s young adults around this issue--including societal pressures and the internal battle of wanting to love and be loved. Sr. Veronica illustrates the challenges discussed by taking us through her own transformative journey, along with its struggles. She narrates the beauty of surrendering to God and the importance of embracing sacrifices in following one's vocation. The episode builds up to her 'yes' to God’s call, leaving listeners with a profound perspective about commitment, sacrifice, and unconditional love for God and others. If you're someone facing major decisions regarding your vocation in life, this episode could provide valuable guidance and inspiration.
The listener is invited to Like/Share/Follow this podcast so that more of today’s young men and women may learn of the very real possibility of commitment and may feel emboldened to step forward and answer God’s call for their lives. Contact: lspusapodcast@gmail.com.

Friday Mar 29, 2024

“IT WAS MEANINGFUL…I FELT USEFUL. MY SERVICE HAD A SPIRITUAL SENSE.” Listen as Sr. Bernadette Rose, who recently made her perpetual vows as a Little Sister of the Poor, describes how service led her to religious Sisterhood. The witness of her parents who took in foster babies and volunteered entertaining in nursing homes, of those whom she encountered in high school service settings, of the monks at Benedictine College, of the Little Sisters serving Jesus in the person of His elderly poor, all helped expand her heart and drew her to personal experiences of self-gift in service--through which God ultimately revealed her vocation to her. The Little Sisters invite you to like/share/follow this podcast for the sake of vocation awareness and of the Kingdom. They can be reached at lspusapodcast@gmail.com.

Episode #7 - Sister Stories

Monday Mar 18, 2024

Monday Mar 18, 2024

“HOW DID YOU HEAR THE CALL?” is the question so frequently asked of priests and consecrated persons by today’s discerners. Listen as Sr. Kathleen and Sr. Jessica Marie from the Little Sisters of the Poor share their vocation stories—each one unique but both stories leading to the joy of discovering the Lord’s awesome plan for these women's lives. The Sisters also invite you to consider liking/sharing/following this podcast to increase vocation awareness so that more of today’s young men and women might be inspired to discern and embrace their calling. The Little Sisters can be contacted at lspusapodcast@gmail.com.

Tuesday Mar 05, 2024

SPRING INTO SERVICE! Sr. Carolyn from the Little Sisters of the Poor invites Katie and Michaela, who have served as live-in volunteers sharing in the Sisters’ ministry with the elderly poor, to tell of their experiences of serving with the Sisters. Listen in and be touched by the “Jesus moments” that Katie and Michaela share.
The Little Sisters’ Spring into Service program is explained and interested single college-age women are encouraged to apply. For the sake of the Kingdom and to raise interest in service and in vocations, the Little Sisters invite you to like, share, and follow this podcast. Sr. Carolyn can be reached at lspusapodcast@gmail.com.

Friday Mar 01, 2024

MORE REFLECTIONS FROM OUR YOUNG FRIENDS! In this encore episode, faith-filled college students at the SEEK24 Conference in St. Louis share with the Little Sisters of the Poor their thoughts on “being the light” (conference theme from Matthew 5:14) and their observations of the witness given by Sisters, Brothers, and Priests at the conference. Listen as Sr. Carolyn and Sr. Mary Alexandra discuss the insights shared by these awesome young adults—and thank you in advance for liking, sharing, and following this podcast so that more and more of today's young people can learn about the beauty of Church vocations and be inspired to discern their calling.
The Little Sisters of the Poor can be reached at lspusapodcast@gmail.com. 

Friday Feb 16, 2024

Sr. Carolyn from the Little Sisters of the Poor and Sr. Barbara Mullen, CSJ, Hartford Archdiocesan Delegate for Religious, discuss the many-splendored gift of consecrated life for the Church and for the world. Not only does the consecrated religious life reflect a rich diversity within itself, but the various other forms of consecrated life, offering different pathways to holiness, can be for the faithful a special God-given vocation through which they may live out and deepen their baptismal consecration. Questions/Comments? Discerning your vocation? Contact lspusapodcast@gmail.com. 

Monday Jan 29, 2024

The Little Sisters of the Poor attending the SEEK24 Conference—the theme of which was “Be the Light” (Mt. 5:14)—chat with young adults they encountered at the St. Louis event. College students share their reactions to seeing all the vibrant priests and religious present, identify the special gifts that God has also given them to shine forth among his people, and express how the witness of consecrated persons truly inspires them to “Be the Light” in our world. For further info: lspusapodcast@gmail.com.

Episode #2 - The Bold Ask

Friday Dec 08, 2023

Friday Dec 08, 2023

Sister Carolyn from the Little Sisters of the Poor and Fr. Anthony Federico, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Hartford, discuss “the bold ask” in vocations prayer and ministry, as well as the many reasons for a realistic hope for the flourishing of priestly and religious vocations among those whom God is calling in our day. Active ‘next steps’ that discerners can take to explore the call are also proposed. For further information: lspusapodcast@gmail.com. 


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