Ask Sister Podcast

Friar Fr. John Bamman OFM Conv. and Sr. Jenny Zimmerman (vocation director for the Sisters of Notre Dame) were guests on Ask Sister Podcast hosted by Sr. Maxine (on right).

(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

Vocation Directors

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