Discerning Religious Life

A new book by Sr. Clare Matthiass, CFR

You weren’t meant to walk this road alone. Let Sr. Clare guide you from confusion and doubt into a deeper sense of understanding and peace. From the hardest questions to the most joyful moments, Discerning Religious Life is an incredible tool for any young woman desiring to hear God’s call more clearly in our world today.


From Discernment to Decision

Feeling called, but not sure what to do? Sorta wishing you were called to marriage instead?  Worried you couldn’t be truly happy as a religious sister?

Sr. Clare Matthiass, CFR, has been there. And she wrote a book about it! She even left in the parts about sitting next to a cute guy at Mass right before she felt “The Call,” and bringing four pairs of shoes to visit the convent. The book is packed with poignant stories and funny anecdotes from her 20 years as a sister.

More importantly, though, Sr. Clare walks readers step-by-step through the entire discernment process. She answers the big questions about how to find the right community, talk to your parents, pay off student loans, and much more. If you’d wondered about it, chances are, Discerning Religious Life address it.


“Countless women will benefit from reading this book. I wish I had read it when I was discerning my vocation!”

Sr. Megan Mary Thibodeau, SOLT


“A great resource for those who seek to understand more deeply the gift of religious life.”

Mother Mary Clare, ACJ


“I absolutely loved it! Sr. Clare captures so much of what young women should know when discerning.”

Sr. Peter Marie, OP