Connecting discerners with professed religious

Now Accepting Applicants, ages 18-30!

“surrounded, led and guided by the friends of God… I too can say that with renewed conviction: I am not alone. I do not have to carry alone what in truth I could never carry alone.”

-Benedict XVI; Homily April 24, 2005

Vocational discernment can be difficult and confusing, especially if it is done alone. Using content created by the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University, Vocations Outreach has created a mentorship program to connect young adults (ages 18-30) with professed religious.

Our mission is to help discerners grow in freedom of heart to be able to hear and respond to God’s voice.

Read about the main components of the program below.


  • Discerners are connected with a professed religious who will act as a mentor as they go through an online formation program.

  • Vocations Outreach has partnered with religious from a variety of different communities who are mentors for this program. Meet them here:  Women’s Mentors  |  Men’s Mentors

  • Mentors will provide feedback on written tasks from the online formation workshops described below.

  • Discerners and mentors will talk via phone or video call after each workshop is completed.


  • Program participants will be asked to find a person whom they trust to discuss the material they are learning while participating in the program. They will be known as their “formation companion.” This person will be at a peer level with them and be a sounding board as they go through the formation program.

      • Formation companions are meant to give participants a spiritual, supportive friend who is on a similar level as them. They can help keep participants accountable and can be someone they can candidly share their thoughts with.

Online Formation

  • Discerners receive formation on discernment and religious life by watching video workshops created by Vocations Outreach and the Catechetical Institute. Each workshop is composed of a set of 5-10 minute video segments.

  • Discerners will complete tasks and activities connected to those workshops which are meant to help them grow in their spiritual lives. These tasks may involve taking steps forward in prayer, responding to the material presented in the videos, and reflecting on passages from relevant reading.

Video workshop topics and presenters include:

  1. Universal Call to Holiness: Dr. Petroc Willey, STL
  2. Personal Vocation: Dr. Joshua Miller
  3. God’s Call in Scripture: Barbara Davis
  4. Praying with Scripture: Lectio Divina: Ann Lankford, MA
  5. Vocational Discernment for Young Adults: Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR
  6. Overcoming Obstacles in Discernment: Fr. Jonathan McElhone, TOR
  7. The Theology of Religious Life: Fr. Daniel Maria, TOR
  8. Monastic Practices: Sr. Marie Genevieve, OP

Program Details

  • The program takes place exclusively through the Catechetical Institute’s online Learning Management System (LMS). View a sample workshop on their LMS here.

  • The program is free and takes 6-7 months to complete.

  • New mentorship program groups start on the first Monday of every month. The cut-off date to apply for the next month’s group is last Wednesday of the month. Vocations Outreach is currently accepting applications.

Ready to get involved? Read more below if you are interested in becoming a program participant or mentor.

Questions? Contact us here.