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April 24, 2016
10:20 pm
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April 23, 2016

I’ve sent emails to places that I am interested in, mostly in the Chicago area.  Some have not replied, but those who did said I am too old.  I think I am drawn to a more contemplative life, not interested in missionary work, etc.  Wouldn’t mind parish work as long as I had a community to return home to at the end of the day.

April 24, 2016
12:32 pm
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Hello and welcome!  It might be helpful to know how much research you have already done in terms of finding a community.  Are you drawn to an active or contemplative lifestyle?  Have you visited any places and what were your impressions?  That kind of thing.  Thanks!

April 23, 2016
6:51 pm
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Can anyone direct me to a religious community for men which would consider a 63 year old?  I’ve wanted to be a religious for many years, but I yielded to family objections and cared for my parents instead.  My parents have both passed away now, so I am free to enter, but I can’t find an order who will consider me.  I live in Chicago, am in good health, have worked for the Church all my life (and still do) as organist/choir director/school music teacher.  I have Bachelors and Masters degrees in Organ and Church Music.  I’m looking for an order that wears the habit, that is faithful to the Magisterium of the Church, one which I can live with and pray with till the end of my days.  I would like to continue working as a Church musician and giving my salary to the order, but I would be willing to relinquish that if they so decide.  Can anyone direct me to such an order, here in the Midwest or anywhere?  Thank you.

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