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BY JAMIE GUALDONI THE U.P. CATHOLIC I never knew what discernment meant. A priest told me to discern and I didnt know what he meant. I knew I should pray, but what is dis- cern? Stated Sister Jacqueline Spaniola, OSF, in discussing the importance of discerning Gods calling. Sister Spaniola, a sister of Fransican Sisters of Christian Charity, will be leading a womens discernment day in the Diocese of Marquette on May 13. Sister Spaniola has led several other similar retreats and recognizes the importance of attending such a retreat to assist in discernment. Attending a discernment retreat helps young women to realize that we need a relationship with the Lord if we want him to speak to us, she said. They become more open to the Holy Spirit and realize the need for discerning spirits in everyday situations. During this particular discern- ment day, most of the focus will be on the Ignatian Spirituality. This includes looking at the Igna- tian rules to discern spirits. That is, how consolation and desola- tion are a part of the rhythm of life, and how to respond in deso- lation and how to prepare in time of consolation. Sister Spaniola added that women will be guided on realizing that our thoughts and feel- ings that reoccur in specific situations can tell us things and to listen to what spirits are saying. As a whole, in daily life, Sister Spaniola states that prayer is a large part of discernment. Prayer is important to be open to the Lord and what He is calling anyone to be in the future. In addition, Sister Spaniola recommends that if religious life is what God is calling an individual to, that reaching out to different religious orders can further assist in the discernment. Learn about different orders, to learn about their life. And, be in contact with vocation directors to come to know more about religious life. By learning more about various reli- gious orders, a woman can follow the rules (steps) they will be learning and can incorporate them into their prayer life. Sister Gloria Schultz, SPC, echoed Sister Spaniolas advice of discernment. When discerning a re- ligious vocation nothing can replace the graces offered in a time away to listen to Gods voice in prayer, through talks and conversation with others feeling called by God. While we discern in prayer, we also need to discern with others on retreat and also with the help of a spiritual director. Sister Schultz is a sister of St. Paul de Char- tres in Marquette, as well as coordinator for the women religious of the Diocese of Marquette. She added, Spiritual direction is a must for anyone discerning religious life along with Mass, adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sac- rament, and celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation. One needs a personal relation- ship with Jesus that will include a deep sense of knowing they are loved by God. One young woman in the diocese has been putting to practice much of the advice the sisters recommend, as she discerns Gods calling. Eucharistic adoration is where I feel the most con- nected, especially when pray- ing using Lectio Divina, said Stephanie Vandermissen of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Par- ish in Bark River. I find a lot of fruit with it. I find that God brings a lot to me through Lectio Divina. Vandermissen, unsure of where her vocation is leading her, whether its religious life or not, has attended discernment retreats with multiple religious orders to get a sense of their different way of life. My openness to a vocation comes from the fact that I love him, and I dont have peace as long as I refuse him. I want to do whatever he wants me to do, because he loves me and I love him. He knows whats best for me. The discernment day on May 13 will be held at the Carmelite Monastery in Iron Mountain beginning with Mass at 7 a.m., and ending with Evening Prayer. The day is opened to unmarried Catholic women from 11th grade to age 40. For information or to register, contact Father Ben Hasse at (906) 290-2434 or by email at benjhasse@yahoo.com. 18 March 31, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Women's discernment retreat set for the diocese St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Manistique, MI is seeking a principal for the 2017-2018 school year. This is a full time position, responsibilities include principal and teaching duties. Email Cassie LaTourneau at clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org with your resume and a letter of interest. Upper Peninsula Travelers Presents Myrtle Beach Show Trip & Charleston ,SC September 9 - 17, 2017 / $845 per person, dbl Occ. Price includes transportation, hotels, 14 meals, Three evening shows: Legends in Concert, Carolina Opry, & Alabama Theater's "One The Show", a morning show: The Thunder & Light Show, Free time in Charleston SC, visit Broadway at The Beach, Brookgreen Gardens and much more. For information & Reservations contact Sheila Heikkinen (906) 524-7003 or shebob123@charter.net Sister Jacqueline Spaniola, OSF Sister Gloria Schultz, SPC Si t Stephanie Vandermissen Want to learn more about vocations? If you are interested in learning more about religious life or the priesthood, consider contacting one of the people below. Along with prayer, theyll assist you in your discern- ment and finding a path that is best suited for you. SISTERS OF ST. PAUL DE CHARTRES Marquette, Mich. Sister Estela Garcia Phone: (906) 226-3932 Email: srstpaulweb@yahoo.com CARMELITE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY CROSS Iron Mountain, Mich. Phone: (906) 774-0561 Write to: Reverend Mother Prioress Monastery of the Holy Cross Discalced Carmelite Nuns P.O. Box 397 Iron Mountain, MI 49801 DIOCESAN DIACONATE Deacon Jack Leadbetter Phone: (906) 227-9103, or email, jleadbetter@dioceseofmarquette.org DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD VOCATIONS Father Ben Hasse Phone: (906) 290-2434 Email: benjhasse@yahoo.com

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