Congratulations on opening your heart to the journey of discernment. I am grateful you are
willing to consider the possibility that our gracious God could be inviting you to religious life.
Rest assured, our Heavenly Father wants your good.
Discernment of the Religious Life
Here in the Vocations Office, unfortunately, we are limited in the assistance we can offer young women and men who are discerning religious life. Why is that, you might ask. It is not for disinterest. The principal reason is that religious orders are all independent entities. Each has its own application process, requirements and formation expectations. Each has its own preferred ways of walking with a discerner and how it wants to support them. It would be ill-informed for me to speak on their behalf, so out of respect and caution, I must leave it to them. Below you’ll find a listing of all religious orders currently serving in our diocese.
What can we do? I am always happy to speak with any young woman or man discerning a vocation. Acknowledging there are differences in discernment for religious, men and women, there are also similarities. Things like prayer and discernment of spirits are applicable to all Christians and especially important in discernment. In the office we also have some resources we would be glad to pass on to you. We may not be able to walk the entire path with you, but perhaps we can help on the initial steps.
– Father Garett Burns
Father Garett Burns
Director of Vocations Promotion
Catholic Diocese of Wichita
424 N. Broadway
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: (316) 440-1714