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Fruits of the One Rose Invitation

On October 1st, 2012, the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, Imagine Sisters launched the One Rose Invitation, a campaign for the faithful to personally encourage young girls and women to consider a vocation to religious life.

The One Rose Invitation was inspired by St. Therese, the patron saint of Imagine Sisters, who said, “After my death I will let fall a shower of roses.” We asked everyone to think and pray about a young woman they know who they think would make a good religious sister. Then, on the feast, they were to let her know by offering her a single rose. The rose was a symbol of the invitation to consider religious life, as well as an acknowledgment of the beauty of that young woman’s soul.

The response among the faithful was excellent. On that day, people brought roses to young women in person, had bouquets delivered through the mail, and even sent “virtual” roses over Facebook and e-mail. Priests handed out roses at Mass; sisters, teachers, youth ministers, and family members gave roses to the young women in their lives; and friends gave roses to friends. At my university, we bought a few dozen roses and placed them in a vase inside the chapel on campus. Throughout the day, students were able to privately pick up roses to bring to young women.

The most amazing thing, for me, is that at this time last year almost nobody on my campus even talked about religious life. Yet this year, when we placed the roses in the chapel for the One Rose Invitation, by evening all of the roses had been given away! Students truly responded with enthusiasm and love for the vocation of religious life.

Followers of Imagine Sisters posted their testimonies on our Facebook page:

“I live in a house with eight other girls. Our house was full of roses and joy! One roommate didn’t even know about One Rose but felt the holy spirit tell her to buy roses! We woke up and said, ‘Happy one rose day!’” – Julianna, TN

“I went to the dorm where she lives and left the rose with a ribbon in her room. I wrote on it: ‘I think You would be a great sister. Ask God.’” – Jucc Agnes, Hungary

“I had been praying a novena to St. Therese and I asked that I be given roses if I were supposed to discern religious life. During my holy hour that day, I felt as though I should go check my mail. In my mailbox was a card from my godmother, which had pictures of roses all over it.” – Liz, MN

“Yes! I was so happy to have received one… I hope many women become Sisters!” – Michelle, CA

“My dear friend stopped by to see me today (she did not know it was St. Therese’s feast day.) She had on a blouse that was covered in pink and red roses!” – Judie, MI

“I did it! I gave a picture of a rose to one of my friends at lunch. She had been discouraged in her discernment and this gave her a bit of hope.” – Robyn, TX

Through the intercession of St. Therese, a shower of roses truly fell down from heaven on October 1st to inspire the hearts young women. We are very thankful to all who participated in the One Rose Invitation this year and gave glory to Christ by supporting the religious life. It is our hope that the One Rose Invitation will become a tradition every year on the feast of St. Therese!

One Rose - Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick School, Kokomo, IN.

Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick School, Kokomo, Indiana. Each girl in grades 3-8 at received a rose inviting her to consider the consecrated religious life.

Father Joshua Bennett teaches the girls about the beauty of religious sisters and the life of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Father Joshua Bennett teaches the girls about the beauty of religious sisters and the life of St. Therese of Lisieux. On the altar are four pictures of St. Therese with roses laid in front.

Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist invite young women.

The Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist from Ann Arbor, MI visited the University of Dayton in Ohio to talk about vocations and their own faith journeys. At the end of the night, each young woman who attended was given a rose and invited to imagine herself as a Sister!


Do you have a story to share about the One Rose Invitation? Leave a comment below!

Kelsey Porada

Kelsey Porada

Kelsey is a co-founder of Imagine Sisters, and a recent Loyola University Chicago graduate with degrees in English Creative Writing and Psychology. She now attends graduate school at Franciscan University for her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She enjoys dancing, giraffes, sunlight, and flowers, and wants to spend her whole life serving Christ’s Church. AMDG!

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7 thoughts on “Fruits of the One Rose Invitation

  1. Trini Therese Cecilia

    16 Jan on 2013 at 12:08 am

    I didn’t get a physical rose on October 1, but a bunch of friends posted roses on my Facebook timeline. 🙂 I made a very bold prayer a couple of months ago when I was in the middle of a novena to St. Therese asking her to send pink roses if I was meant to be a religious and yellow roses if I was meant to be married. I’ve been getting pink roses in some form (on my blog dashboard, on things my friends give me, random pink rosebushes being planted in my neighbors’ yards, etc.) nearly every day since September 1, the day before my birthday. October 1st, of course, was no exception. Therese took that “shower of roses” promise pretty seriously! :))

  2. Trini Therese Cecilia

    16 Jan on 2013 at 12:09 am

    The Dominican Sisters of Mary are “my” order (the order I’m discerning with), too! 😀

  3. FutureSister!

    16 Jan on 2013 at 2:36 am

    I didnt receive a Rose on St. therese’s feast day, but I did receive a fotune cookie with one of her quotes in it…a few months later, the 1st week of December I went for a walk and there was a beautiful pink rose bush in full bloom! I almost cried, knowing it was St. Therese…this past weekend i went to discern with an order in CT, and I stayed in the novitiate…in St. Theresa’s dorm!!! I felt immense peace and am sure Ive found home on earth.

  4. Sarah Jane Peralta

    17 Jan on 2013 at 2:29 am

    Wow! It was really St. Therese, I entered Discalced Carmelite on Sept. 30, 2012 for “search in” for three weeks, and I really join praying St. Therese novena with Imagine Sisters, I arrived in the monastery at the evening of Sept. 30 and I start joining the community on the Feast Day of St. Therese on Oct. 1, 2012. It was a really blessed day, the Archibishop of San Fernando Pampanga Philippines presided the mass and he blessed a lot of roses and give it to all the nunnies inside, and happily because I am inside so I also received a blessed rose. I had a photos of it on my facebook and finally St. Therese help me a lot, I am now entering the Discalced Carmelite this April 2013, ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWbmFJ0t4T0 – it was a link on youtube of my video ) it was really a blessings to us who really believed St. Therese. PLease do include me on your prayers. Ave Maria + God bless us all. Lets follow Christ as He protects the whole world. Amen.

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