Canossian Sr Doreen Soh speaking to participants during the Religious Charism Retreat held from Oct 8-9.

“I have learnt about the charisms and daily activities of the [Religious] orders presented and gained a deeper understanding of Religious life and feel more open to exploring it as an option.”

This was how one participant felt after attending a retreat that sought to help women discover the charisms of four women Religious congregations in Singapore.

These were the Good Shepherd Sisters (RGS), Verbum Dei Missionaries Fraternity (FMVD), Canossian Daughters of Charity (FDCC) and Religious of the Cenacle (RC).

“They not only allow me to know them [Religious Sisters] but also to know myself better,” said another participant.

Yet another participant shared that she now understands “more about the Religious life – its joys and challenges and learning more about how different Religious groups live out their charisms and missions.”

Other participants shared that they left with more insights and understanding of what is it to be a Religious in this modern day.

The Religious Charism Retreat, held from Oct 8-9, was organised by the Kingsmead Centre for Ignatian Spirituality and Counselling.

Representatives from each congregation shared their charisms, vocation stories and life experiences that helped the 16 women participants deepen their awareness and possible invitation to answer God’s call within.

Participants also got an idea of what the individual congregations do, how they pray and live in community.

The idea of the retreat came about in response to the needs of women who were seeking to discover more about God’s possible invitation to a Religious calling but did not know how to go about the journey.

Some of the Religious Sisters shared their thoughts on the retreat.

Cenacle Sr Linda Lizada said she was “struck by the way each charism was presented by the different congregations. The presentations were so expressive of the distinct spirit, life and apostolate of each order.”

Verbum Dei Sr Sandra Seow said that the retreat provided “a non-threatening and welcoming space where girls can gather and get to know the different Religious communities.”

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