Even though I grew up in a Catholic family I never took my faith seriously. That changed my senior year of high school when I found a solid group of friends in the Life Teen youth group at my home parish. During my freshman year of college, I was exposed to Carmelite spirituality when a youth minister gave me a copy of “The Impact of God” by Fr. Iain Matthew, O.C.D., which is an introduction to St. John of the Cross’s life and spirituality. My Story
Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified, O.C.D.
When I was in high school I never would have imagined that God might be calling me to religious life. I grew up in a decently Catholic family: we went to Mass each Sunday, we said grace before dinner, and I participated in the youth group at church, but when I was in high school I had never even considered what it was that God wanted me to do with my life… My Story
Fr. Michael-Joseph of St Thérèse, O.C.D.
When I was 18, and at a particularly low point in my life, I came to believe in the truth of Jesus Christ and his love for me; leading to a powerful conversion experience. Soon I became involved in a catholic young adult group, attending daily mass, frequent confession, and began to practice quiet prayer each day. My Story
Br. Pier Giorgio of Christ the King, O.C.D.
I was an athlete in high school and into college and didn’t participate in much else but practices. It was all about sports and school work. After high school, though, I had a conversion and I gave my life in service to the Lord when I was 20 or 21. The discernment of a religious vocation to the priesthood accompanied that initial call. My Story
Fr. Thomas-Mary of St. Benedict Joseph Labre, O.C.D.
Ever since I was in grade school I had an attraction toward the priesthood and the religious life. After college, I entered the seminary for my home diocese of Brooklyn. Because I enjoyed the seminary very much, I realized that that I might be best suited in religious life. My Story
Br. Joseph of the Holy Family, O.C.D.
During high school, I was an altar server during my freshman and sophomore years of high school. After that I had no further involvement with church beyond Sunday Mass every week. I first considered a religious vocation when I was 16 years old. I took it seriously when I was 26. My Story