My Vocation, Sister Marla Marie, MSCL
I recall vividly the moment I realized our Lord was calling me to be all for him. It was 1982, and I had just graduated college and was going full speed ahead in my career plans as a journalist in the nation’s capitol.
Then something, someone, changed everything. Jesus made it clear to me that my life was meant to be offered as a consecrated religious to serve his people. I was captivated by His love and drawn deeply to let go, leave all things and to follow him. The next year I entered a Roman Catholic congregation serving in the mission of evangelization and catechesis.
After all these years of joyfully serving our Lord, God has again knocked on the door of my heart – a call within a call.
As of June 1st, 2008, under Bishop Gregory J. Mansour, the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light became the first Maronite religious congregation of women to be founded in the United States.
It is a great joy for me to return to my Maronite roots and begin this foundation. I ask young women to discern a vocation to serve as spiritual mothers to God’s people as Maronite Servants of Christ the Light.
“These women will be doing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and helping in the pastoral work of our communities. They can teach religious education, help with youth, young adults, married couples, programs for children and families, visits to the sick and dying or those who are grieving. They’ll work alongside the priest in a variety of different ministries.” – Most Reverend Gregory J. Mansour
Qualities for a vocation to the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light
- Single, between the ages of 22 and 40 (exceptions considered)
- Desire and ability to live the Gospel in community, prayer and sacrifice at the pastoral service of the Maronite Church
- A Catholic actively participating within a Catholic parish for at least four years;If not Maronite, be willing to a transfer of Rite
- Good physical and psychological health (determined by medical evaluations)
- Completed undergraduate studies with a BA, or BS degree (exceptions considered), and an aptitude for graduate studies.
How do I discern God’s Call?
Our Day & Prayer
Our life in community is structured to form and sustain the whole person through a balanced rhythm of prayer, work, study, meals, fellowship and recreation, silence and solitude, exercise, leisure and rest. Our life of prayer includes daily Divine Liturgy, Divine Praises (Maronite Office), Eucharistic Adoration, rosary, meditation on Scripture, spiritual reading, a spirit of silence and recollection.
A visible sign of total consecration is the religious habit of the Congregation. The habit serves as a witness to poverty and an ascetic continuity with our Maronite monastic heritage. Professed Sisters wear a simple grey tunic, and a black half-scapular panel bound at the waist by a black leather belt displaying an olive wood rosary on the left side. The half-scapular bears the Rabula cross embroidered in gold on the front panel. On their head they wear a grey veil as a witness to chastity, and at final profession, a simple band on their left ring finger. Novices will wear the tunic, belt, rosary and a white veil.
- Please help to foster and promote vocations:
- Pray and sacrifice for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
- Spread the word about the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light.
Forward the link of our website to your mailing list.
- If you are a young adult woman, keep an open heart and mind to a vocation as a religious.God knows who he has chosen, and he will give them the grace to live the life. Ask him, “Is it I Lord?”
- Be open and generous to a vocation from your family. It is an honor and blessing to know that one of your sons or daughters has been chosen by God to serve his people.
Maronite Servants Videos
Spread the word about the Maronite Servants:
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Vocation Prayers for every Sunday
These can be used at your parish for the Intercessions or for private prayer. They correspond with the Maronite Liturgical calendar. Click here for the prayers.