Active order

Sr Pia's vocation story


Life is a learning process and Community life has taught me a lot about giving and receiving. Jesus sometimes asks us to step into the background and allow another sister to shine. When one creates and shares something with another it may not end up as one envisaged it, but in entering into someone else’s ideas and encouraging them, both of you grow. Jesus must be the centre and this is a way of giving all for Jesus.



 My motto of life is: All for Jesus

Sister Charity

This is Sister Charity


She is an active sister.

This doesn’t mean that she is always on the run but that she spends her life actively spreading the Good News of Jesus in the world.
How do they do this? By doing lots of different jobs, some are nurses, others teachers, and others counsellors. Some give retreats and talks on certain subjects like prolife issues or theology. You may see them working as chaplains in universities, schools or hospitals and many, many other occupations and missionary works in the world.

Sister Charity is a teacher. She spends her day teaching children in her local school. As well as teaching the ordinary subjects of maths and grammar, she teachers the children about Jesus. To Sr Charity it is most important that the children grow up to be God loving people. Sr Charity teaches by her words but she knows that the children learn more through her actions, the way she smiles and her kindness to others. This is being a witness for Jesus.
She Charity tries to live so that people will see Jesus living in her. When Sr Charity gets home to her convent each night she prays vespers with her sisters.

A convent is not an enclosed space like a monastery but a place where people can come and visit the sisters, stay and share with them.

Every year in the summer Sr Charity goes back to her parent’s house to spend a week or two with them. They all love being with each other, this is a time for Sr Charity to catch up with all her friends and family.

Sr Charity belongs to a Religious Order that is worldwide, this means that they have sisters all over the world and Sr Charity could be asked by her Superior General to go to any convent in any part of the world. Sr Charity is originally from the USA but her parents were born in Africa. This is helpful because it means that Sr Charity speaks more than one language, which is useful on her different missions around the world.


Sr Charity was a teacher before she entered religious life, but she knew that God was calling her to something more. He wanted her to teach children about the faith of the Catholic Church and how to live out the Christian vocation.

Sr Charity rises each morning a 630am, in time to say Morning Prayer with her sisters before setting out for the local school. It is important to Sr Charity and her sisters that they spend time together in prayer, this helps them build strong friendships with each other, which is very important when you live in community.


Sr Charity is the superior of her convent. This means that she needs to look after the other sisters as a mother, making sure they are provided for and that they have all they need. Sr Charity also needs to be aware of the running of the convent, looking after the building and getting plumbers in when the water pipes burst. She has a General Superior in the USA whom she consults about things that are really important but otherwise she has the responsibility of looking after the sisters. She is elected to be the superior by the General Council of the Order. Sr Charity knows that God is the one who is really in charge and she tries to listen to His voice within her telling her what to do.


So now you know Sr Charity. Next week we will meet an enclosed nun, can you guess what that means? Until then, remember we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.

Brother Leo


This is Brother Leo.


He is a Franciscan Friar.




This means that he is a follower of St Francis. You can always tell a follower of St Francis by the cord around his or her waist. It is an important clue to watch out for in finding out what community someone belongs to.

When Br Leo was a teenager he met some friars on the streets helping the poor. He was so struck by their kindness that he decided then and there that he wanted to be just like them. He prayed and prayed and his heart became totally centred on God until one day he was ready to enter the order.





Br Leo lives in a friary with a small community of brothers, they spend their evening here and pray together but during the day they are out and about.


Br Leo is an active religious brother, this means he spends his day actively in the world spreading God’s kingdom by looking after the poor and speaking to them about Jesus.

 Br Leo works on the streets helping the homeless and in a soup kitchen making sure they get something to eat. In loving the poor Br Leo knows he is really showing his love for Jesus, because, he remembers it says in the Gospel ‘whatever you do to the least of these you do to me.’



Br Leo is still a novice in his community, he is in formation, this means he has a novice master who teachers him how to live as a religious brother and live out the vows he will make. Br Leo is very excited about becoming a professed brother and he is praying that he will become a true follower of St Francis, by being obedient, poor and loving towards God and neighbour.

Br Leo has been in this friary for two years, as a member of an active religious order, this means that he can be asked by his Father Superior to move to any friary at anytime. This is part of his vow of poverty, calling no place his home. He could be asked to move to New York, London, Canada Australia or even New Zealand, and he would willingly leave everything and go because he knows that God’s will is made known to him through his Superior.

As well as working with the poor, an important part of Br Leo’s day is Holy Mass and the saying of the Divine Office. It is at Holy Mass that Br Leo receives Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Consecrated Host, this is where he gets all his energy from, the energy he needs to spread God’s Good News in the world each day. 
It is like going to the service station and filling up the car with fuel so that you can drive for miles and miles, from London to Scotland if you wish. Br Leo fills up on Christ to help him spread ‘The Good News’ the whole day long.


So now you know Br Leo. This week is Holy Week and I pray that you will have a very holy week thinking about Jesus and all He has done for us. 

Have a joyful Easter and I will see you back here in two weeks time to introduce you to Sr Charity. Can you guess what community she is from? 







Until then, remember we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.