AS220 Ask Sister Podcast | A Nun's Life Ministry

Sr. Maxine with guests Sr. Jenny Zimmerman and Friar John Bamman. Topics: reluctant about religious life, phone call from God, how God works.

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Show Notes

Our guests are Sister Jenny Zimmerman and Friar John Bamman. Sister Jenny is vocation director for the Sisters of Notre Dame in Toledo, Ohio, and Friar John is vocation director for the Conventual Franciscan Friars in Carey, Ohio.   

(02:00) From grade school troublemaker to friar

(05:00) Resisting the call to religious life in Defiance, Ohio

(09:40) The many doorways of vocations

(11:00) Finding a home with the Conventual Franciscan Friars

(15:00) Sister Jenny gets a phone call from God

(19:00) “Joyful simplicity” – the spirit of the Sisters of Notre Dame 

(27:00) Spiritual mentoring to help young adults  

(35:00) Listener question:Can people try out religious life before they join?

(38:00) Volunteer experiences as a way to get to know nuns and friars: A Guide to Religious MinistriesCatholic Volunteer Network

(39:30) Listener question: I left the seminary because I didn’t like it, so why can’t I stop thinking about it?

(45:30) What’s the big deal about vocation—why does it matter

(48:00) Listener question: My family doesn’t do church and I don’t know any nuns, so why do I feel like I want to be a nun?

(52:00) The process of becoming a nun or friar

Sisters of Notre Dame, Toledo Province

Conventual Franciscan Friars, Province of Our Lady of Consolation

National Religious Vocation Conference

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