Discerning Vocations

How people experience the life at Madonna House and decide whether it’s for them. Formation of Madonna House Staff.



Program Twelve: Discerning Vocations


Madonna House Click Here

Programs for Visiting Guests Click Here

A Tour of the Madonna House Training Centre Click Here


Restoration Click Here


The People of the Towel and Water. Click Here
Catherine Doherty. Madonna House Publications. 2010.

Soul of My Soul: Coming to the Heart of Prayer. Click HereCatherine Doherty. Madonna House Publications. 2009.

Living the Gospel Without Compromise.  Click Here
Catherine Doherty. Madonna House Publications. 2002.

Going Home.  Click Here
Fr. Denis Lemieux. Justin Press. 2012.

I Believe: Living the Apostles’ Creed.  Click Here
Father Émile-Marie Brière. Madonna House Publications. 2002

Not Without Parables: Stories of Yesterday, Today and Eternity. Click Here
Catherine Doherty. Madonna House Publications. 2000.



Study Guide


The goal of Program Twelve is to introduce students to the process of discernment of a vocation to Madonna House, and to the daily life of a Madonna House applicant.


1. Show the video "Program Twelve: Discerning Vocations"

2. Ask students to form small groups to discuss the following:

  • What kinds of work do applicants do at Madonna House?

  • What is discernment of a vocation? What are some signs that someone may have a vocation to Madonna House?

  • What did the applicants say about what drew them to MH?

  • What are the promises that Madonna House members make? Why would someone give their life to God in this way?

3. Option for Take-Home Assignment. Find out more about:

  • Vocations in the Catholic Church. What a vocation to Madonna House entails.
  • Programs for Visiting Guests at Madonna House.
  • How you could or would discern your own vocation.