Help Me to Enter Monastic Life as a Cloistered Nun

Help Me to Enter Monastic Life as a Cloistered Nun

From Cheryl Nahas

I’ve been discerning a late vocation and feel called to consecrated life in the Visitation Order in France. I need to cover travel and boarding expenses to accept their offer to live in community for the month of May.

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It is a deep and serious spiritual calling to enter consecrated life as a nun. I have been discerning as a late vocation with the guidance of my spiritual director for the past nine years. It has been a work in progress—of readily being called to prayer while preparing to live one's entire life inside a monastic community. It is a commitment deeply rooted in faith.

Nuns live cloistered lives behind monastery walls in work and in silent prayer, as they actually experience heaven touching earth. Intercessory prayers through them are exceedingly powerful. 

First, my vocation led me to becoming a 3rd Order Lay Carmelite, a laity community with a formation study of 6 years. This process reached its culmination last summer when I professed my final promises.

My spiritual journey is now calling me further—into cloistered life within the Visitation Order in the French Alps, where my family is from. This Order, founded by St. Francis de Sales in the town of Annecy, takes older women in full habit. I had the humble privilege of going to France for a month last summer to stay and discern at four Visitation monasteries on individual week-long retreats so as to determine which community was the best fit. All roads led back to this one monastic community in the Alps.

Joyfully, I have been called back to stay as a live-in for the entire month of May in Annecy. This is an important next step, and what I had been praying for so long with perseverance and humility. All in God’s time and always, if it be His will. 

But at this crucial time I need your help. Short of swimming across the ocean, the expenses for this journey are steep. In addition to roundtrip airfare, there are long-distance trains and buses, which will require overnight accommodations. Once I reach my destination, it's customary to leave a stipend for lodging. 

Please prayerfully consider a donation—whatever your heart speaks to you—and I hope you can also pass the word along to others for me. 

"Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you"… (Mathew 7;7 , Luke 11 9-13)

I am eternally grateful for your generosity and can assure you of my prayers for your intentions as well as the deep prayers of all the nuns once I return to this beautiful monastery in the French Alps. Please also pray that this journey in May evolves into a permanent calling. 

May God reward you abundantly!

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