Vocation Information

My vocation, Sister Marla Marie, MSCL

I’m Mother Marla Marie of the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light and I have been in religious life for over 35 years. Praise God! I would like to share my vocation journey with you.  

My vocation, Sister Therese Maria, MSCL

The mission of the Maronite Servants’ is a radical and beautiful call to service as spiritual mothers working alongside our priests. As consecrated women, we pray for, sacrifice, and lead our people to Christ the Light, the true joy and treasure of our lives!

“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.

Our Plan of Life

Our life in community forms and nourishes each sister through a balanced rhythm of prayer, work, study, meals, fellowship and recreation, silence, solitude, exercise, leisure and rest. 

Our life of prayer draws us to the heart of our spouse, Christ the Light through daily Divine Liturgy, Divine Praises (Maronite Office), Eucharistic Adoration, rosary, meditation on Scripture, spiritual reading, a spirit of silence and recollection. 

Our Habit

As a spouse of Christ, we make a total gift of ourselves to Him, body and soul.   A visible sign of this 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.

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.

Additional Reading

The Heart of a Maronite Servant Vocation, by Sister Marla Marie 2016