The following comes from a November 24 Catholic Sun article by Lindsay Wantland:.
Carla Sperry never expected to be looked at as an expert in the Catholic faith. “Sometimes, even when my son was in the seminary, people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re the mother of a seminarian!’ and they would think that I would know so much about our religion.”
A growing group of moms is finding solidarity with other mothers who not only understand that, but ride the same roller coaster of emotions as their children further discern or live a religious vocation. Sperry, whose son — Father Scott Michael Sperry — was ordained to the priesthood last year, is part of this group of moms who cling to their rosaries and each other every first Saturday of the month.
The group doesn’t have a formal name, but its purpose is clear: to pray the Joyful Mysteries for their children discerning or living a religious vocation.
Rita Lee, a parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle in Phoenix and the group’s founder, sits right in the middle of the group’s target audience. Herson, Deacon Ryan Lee, is in his final year of discerning the priesthood and is living the vows of a deacon in that transition period. She learned during annual meetings of seminarian parents with the diocesan vocations director that some mothers felt sad about their sons’ calling, while others felt mad and many felt blessed.
“Fast forward a number of years and I guess the Holy Spirit finally spoke to me and gave me the grace to think that possibly we could come together as a group of mothers of seminarians, priests and religious, to pray specifically the rosary for our children,” Lee said.
The group currently consists of 30-35 members, who meet at a different parish each month, ensuring that no one has to consistently drive a long distance.
To find out more about the group, contact Rita Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless them. They need our prayers too. Its a blessing that they remain in holy obedience. God bless them to continue to grow in virtue and holiness.
I think it strange “that some mothers felt sad about their sons’ calling, while others felt mad” as it is also a sad commentary on what those mothers must feel about their religion. We would have thought that all would have experienced that of the “many felt blessed.”
Its not strange. If you study on the saints, many had family who disapproved too. Some faced persecution by a parent who disapproved. Study on the life’s of the saints and you will find out its nothing new.
I know this article is almost 4 years old, so I don’t know if anyone will see this comment. As a parent of a young man who wants to discover if the priesthood is his calling by attending the Dominican school of philosophy and theology I have mixed feelings and I wish there were a support group to help me through this process.
I live in California and I can not find anyone who leads up this kind of group. Maybe I need to start my own. Please, pray for me and my family as we go through all of the emotions of letting go of our son and letting him discern what makes him happy.