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  • Watching vocations bloom at FIAT Days camp

    I had the opportunity to spend a day at the FIAT Days Camp at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., July 8-12. It is a camp for young women aged 13 to 18 and the young women have the opportunity to pray and play alongside 17 religious sisters from different orders. The girls get a taste of community life and learn the vocation stories of the sisters, even as early as breakfast.

    It was inspiring to see so many young women consider a religious vocation and come to know a deeper sense of their calling — whatever the vocation may be. The youths are open to God, they are grateful for the time alone in prayer with God and the experience of knowing they are supported by a community of others on the same journey. 

    Having discerned and joined a convent for a time, it brought back memories of my journey in the convent — the excitement of the call, of understanding I was where I needed to be then. And also the challenge of learning it wasn’t the right fit in the end. So many emotions filled my heart the entire time during FIAT Days. 

    I admire these young women for being open to a vocation so early in their lives. You never know when God will call you and to what. 

    I will pray for those who are discerning a vocation and for all who are looking for God’s guidance. Read more about the event here

    © Arlington Catholic Herald 2021

    @Elizabeth A. Elliott