Orders find ways to interact with laypeople to introduce them to the consecrated way of life 

By Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly 

Open House

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles were looking for 10,000 people to make a commitment to pray for vocations during a week in February. Within nine days, 12,571 people signed up on their website. 

Many of them also sent photos of individuals, families, prayer and parish groups, school children and religious communities holding signs with their stated promises. One showing a 5-month-old baby declared, “Never too young to pray for vocations.” In another, a 105-year-old woman had a big smile and a sign that read “Never too old.” 

“It was a fun and interactive way to reach people,” said Sister Gloria Thérèse Laven, director of postulants and novices. “Vocations are born in prayer, and only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.”

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