Vocations Bootcamp for Women

Would you be interested in attending a two or three day vocations workshop? We’re thinking of doing something with the following elements:

  • Principles of discernment according to the Church’s tradition
  • Vocations “map” of the stages of discernment
  • Talk on what constitutes a Church vocation
  • Workshops and talks on the different vocations open to women
  • Talks on matrimonial preparation and discernment

This bootcamp would take place in South Dakota around October 3-6. The place is yet to be determined, but speakers are being contacted as of this writing.

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Thank You Bonus Teleseminar

To Those Who Purchased My Book:

“Thank you!”  I repeat, “Thank you”.  I hope that it was enjoyable to read and
answered many of the questions you must have had on Consecration Planning.  For those of you who still have questions or would like to learn more, I will be hosting a bonus teleseminar. Simply send me any pressing questions you might have, and I will try to answer as many as possible during the call.

When:  June 8, 2013
Time:  Will be emailed to you.
Topic: Answering your questions!

Simply reserve your slot by emailing Question @ NameOfThisSite. Please include as proof of purchase the 18th word of the second sentence of the second paragraph of page 72.

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Can Bishops Change the Duties of Consecrated Virgins?

by Therese Ivers, JCL, OCV

A number of readers have asked whether a bishop can impose more duties on the Consecrated Virgin after her consecration. For example, let’s say that Janice was consecrated by Bishop Ambrose. Bishop Ambrose and Janice had agreed that she would be leading a Bible study once a month as an integral part of her way of life as a Consecrated Virgin. Then Bishop Ambrose gets transferred or retires. Bishop Gregory is Janice’s new Bishop. He wants all the Consecrated Virgins (eight of them) in the diocese to start teaching catechism to grammar school children in the parishes. Janice has only time to do the Bible study because of her work schedule. She does not have the day off for catechism lessons, nor does she have the aptitude or desire for teaching young children. Is Janice obliged to teach catechism per Bishop Gregory’s desires?

If you would like to know my take on this scenario, please write your response to this question in the forum linked below. If I don’t get any responses, I will move on to something else more interesting to our readers.

Update:  I am moving on to another topic.  I may choose to revisit this at another time, but probably in a book or in the members only section.

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Hot off the Press! New Book on Consecrated Virginity

While a lot of attention has focused on the spiritual and theological formation process for those who wish to become consecrated virgins, there hasn’t been as much
emphasis on the practical logistics of consecration planning.  If, as many consecrated virgins do, a virgin wishes to wear a wedding dress on her Consecration day, then the date must be set at least several months in advance because it takes time to have a dress shipped and altered.  Printing invitations, getting the invitation formula approved, discussing home chapel arrangements, planning the music, and other details take time, thought, and effort.   Because both virgins and diocese’s are often unaware as to the extent of the advance planning needed, a lot of things pop up last minute, are neglected, or even botched, causing great stress.   This guide gives tips on how to navigate the uncharted territory for a lot of dioceses in how they can work with the virgins who desire to be espoused to Jesus Christ.   I am therefore pleased to offer you my book via Kindle (or if you wish, by print):


P.S. Even if you don’t need a copy for yourself, please consider donating below to get this book into the hands of our American diocesan bishops!

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Attention Discerners: What is Your Most Burning Question about Vocations?

Now is your chance to ask Therese Ivers, the leading canonical expert on vocations on the internet, your deepest or most puzzling question about vocational discernment. How?

On December 8, 2012, Therese Ivers will be hosting a webinar Q&A session on people’s most burning vocational questions. Depending on the type of questions submitted, other experts may be invited to the roundtable panel such as religious, married couples, and priests.

If you have a burning question, be one of the first twenty people to register, and we’ll guarantee your question will be answered* during the Q&A session. This is your chance to speak with a canonist without paying the steep hourly fees canon lawyers typically charge. Do you want to know if you can become a diocesan hermit before starting your dream order? Are you wondering whether you can become a deacon if you are divorced? Have you wanted to ask whether you should date while thinking about becoming a nun? Ask away! If you are one of the first 20 people to register, you’ll be given at least one question that is guaranteed an answer* and if there’s time, we’ll answer your other questions as well. If you are not one of the first 20 people, don’t worry. You can listen to the roundtable. Plus, once we answer the first 20 questions, we’ll open the floor and answer both pre-submitted and spontaneous questions. Sound good?

What you’ll get by being one of the first 20 people to register for the webinar besides getting an early bird discount:

bulletpoint Your burning question answered* if you submit your question at least 48 hours prior to the webinar.


bulletpoint The opportunity to listen to the answer to other people’s burning questions.  Their questions will probably help you in your own discernment process so this should be quite valuable for you!


bulletpoint And more!  Think “virtual door prizes” and other goodies for those who register.



What you’ll get if you register for the webinar, but aren’t one of the first 20 people:


bulletpoint The opportunity to listen in on other people’s burning questions.  The chances are that the questions that are asked will be similar to yours.

bulletpoint The possibility that your own question(s) may be answered during the open floor session.  You can submit questions in advance and type questions or “raise your hand” and perhaps say your question over the microphone during the open questions session.


bulletpoint And much, much more!  Yes, there are virtual “door prizes” and other goodies to be distributed to our webinar registrants and participants.



Here’s the nitty gritty you’ll need to know for the webinar:


You’ll need fast internet access to access the webinar. If you have dial up, you will not be able to participate.  Sorry, we do not know if you can use your internet capable phone or tablet to participate.

You’ll need speakers or a headset to hear Therese and fellow guests speak.  If you can play YouTube videos and hear them, you should be fine.

You’ll need a microphone if you intend to speak, and/or a webcam if you want to video “chat” from your end, and a keyboard if you intend to type.

The exact time of the webinar is to be determined. You will be emailed at least 48 hours in advance as to when it will take place.


The webinar will be probably be recorded on CD and/or DVD. No guarantees here, though, so please don’t ask.  Sometimes technology goes on the blink and I don’t want to promise this…

When you register, be sure to give your real email address because you will be given the password for the webinar room by email.



Excited?  Register now!

*So now, you’re probably wondering whether there are any restrictions on the burning question you can submit. Yes, there are. But, we think you’ll agree that they are fairly reasonable. First, although we will try our best to research answers for you, the response we give you will not be an academic one with footnotes and citations and all that. Second, we will not critique specific institutions. Don’t ask us if the Sisters of the Burning Flame are a “good order” or not.  Or if the Diocese of Timbuktu is “solid”.  Third, your question must be specific not broad and general. A good question might be why Franciscans wear a knotted cord. A too broad and general question might be “how do I know what my vocation is””, or, “what are the names of all the contemplative communities in the United States?”. The type of question covered under the guaranteed answer ideally should be one which has a “yes” or “no” answer, or one which might take an expert 1-10 minutes to answer and explain. Lastly, the question should be genuinely helpful for your own personal vocational discernment and not merely a hypothetical situation which might never take place. Thus, while there’s nothing wrong in asking if there’s any significance to the blue bands on Mother Teresa’s sari’s, it is much better to ask us to name a quality which communities look for in candidates.

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