Have you considered a call to religious life or priesthood? Are you seeking to deepen your relationship with God in a communal context? Listed below are some local and online resources to assist you in your search. Fr. Bob and Sr. Mary are also available to share their stories of discernment and call.

Dominican Sisters of San Rafael

Getting Acquainted - The first step to investigating life as a Dominican Sister of San Rafael is to to take time to listen deeply to God’s word in your life, to learn more about our charism, and to develop relationships with the sisters.
Meet us through visiting one of our convents for an evening and share prayer, conversation and a meal; attend our celebrations, ceremonies and events; stay with us for a few days at one of our convents.

We periodically offer retreats and days of prayer, which can assist you in discerning your call. Some of these events are scheduled (on our calendar – home page), and they can also be arranged to work with your calendar.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the process of becoming a sister, please contact Sister Cathy Murray, O.P. Director of Vocation Ministries.

Corpus Christi Monastery - Cloistered Dominican Nuns

Currently we offer two kinds of retreat days: Janua Caeli Retreat Days and "Come and See" Days.  All retreat days include Mass and Divine Office, reflections by speakers, time for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and an opportunity for fellowship with the nuns.  These retreats are open to single, Catholic women, ages 18-38.

Questions or to register contact Sister Joseph Marie, O.P.

Abbey of New Clairvaux, a Trappist Monastery in Vina, CA

We are Cistercians of the Strict Observance, a Roman Catholic order of monks founded by Saints Robert, Alberic and Stephen Harding in the year AD 1098. Today, we are commonly known as "Trappists." With the ancient Rule of Saint Benedict as our guide, we offer hospitality to guests, serve in mutual charity, and live out our contemplative witness of silence, stillness and solitude in our often frenetic and busy world today.

Our website provides a glimpse into Cistercian monastic life as it is lived today. We seek God at this place of New Clairvaux, living under a Rule and an abbot, amidst a community of brothers. Entrance to a monastery usually begins with a conversation with our Vocation Director and perhaps later a visit. Please, feel most welcome to contact our Vocation Director who will provide further guidance. Take the time to learn more about us here online.

Conventual Franciscans

Conventual Franciscan Friars came to the United States in 1852 and to California in the 1920s. The St. Joseph of Cupertino Province serves mainly in California, Nevada and Vietnam. We are Priest and Brothers serving in Parishes, as Missionaries, Evangelists, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Educators and other forms of Service to the Church and World. Contact the Vocation Director or call, 510-671-0537.