Sister Maryanne Tracey, S.C.

Sister Maryanne Tracey, S.C.

I am NRVC


Sister Maryanne Tracey, S.C. is the director of vocation and formation for the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. It's her second time around in this ministry, having served from 1993 to 2003, including a stint on the NRVC Board. She dove back into vocation ministry in 2014 and is a co-coordinator for the Hudson Valley member area of NRVC.

Do you work with a team?

I have a Vocation Advisory Board, which is very helpful, a part-time staff member who works with social media, and many times I have an intern as well. In addition I have very good support from leadership.

Has being a member of NRVC been helpful?

NRVC has been extremely helpful. Their workshops and orientation programs for new members are very professional and of the highest quality. The same is true of the convocation, which is always relevant to what is happening in the world of vocations.

Most recently, I took part in the Vocation Ambassadors Program and found it exceptionally helpful to my staff and intern who attended it with me. The information, skills, professionalism, and interaction was invaluable. In addition, I always find the staff of NRVC helpful and personable. 

What have you tried lately that you have been excited about?

As a result of the Vocation Ambassadors Program we have been able to upgrade our Facebook page with a new and attractive look.

We also host a program for college women that we call “Supper and Story.” We invite college women to the motherhouse for pizza and make-your-own sundaes, and a sister tells her vocation story. It is always well-received.

Last year we published a series of podcasts internally for our sisters, and this year we hope to make them public. Lastly, we recently started a "ministry of presence" at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Students come in groups of 10-15, and we hope to have five sisters sit with them to share conversation.

What do you find most rewarding and most challenging in vocation work?

The most rewarding for me is the privilege and honor to talk about my congregation, our history, our wonderful sisters, and the ministries we have been involved in for almost 160 years. Most recently I have been able to work with young interns, and it is always a joy when they are pleasantly surprised to learn something new about sisters.

The challenge is that it takes a lot of energy and creativity. I am always trying to think of new ways to repackage our charism so it is attractive and appealing to diverse groups.



Leave a comment

This article has no comments or are under review. Be the first to leave a comment.
Please Log-in to comment this article

Webinar on vocation ministry strategy ...
Join us Nov. 17 for a free interactive webinar on "Using ...  More
National Vocation Awareness Week ...
National Vocation Awareness Week is an annual week-long celebration of the ...  More
Fall Institute ...
Join us as we move incrementally to innovative virtual learning. Due ...  More
Navigating Uncertainty with Young People ...
Join us for this free online workshop for all NRVC members ...  More
HORIZON ...
Learn what skills, traits, and practices build up communal bonds. Explore ...  More
Religious Life Today Storymap ...
Be sure to visit and share our new Religious Life Today ...  More

NRVC Member Areas


Click here to locate members of the NRVC in your member area.

CONNECT WITH NRVC

Member Area Gathering - Midwest & Upper Midwest

October 19,

via Zoom

Navigating Uncertainty with Young People

October 19,

Read more...

National Vocation Awareness Week

Nov 7-13,

Read more

Vocation Ministry Strategies Webinar

November 17,

Read more...

Member Area Gathering - International

November 22,

via Zoom

Member Area Gathering - Hudson Valley

November 30,

via Zoom

Annual MAC Gathering

December 13-16,

held in Tucson, AZ  

World Day for Consecrated Life

February 2 ,

Read more

Religious Brothers Day

May 1,

Read more

SUPPORT NRVC

Iamnrvc
Renew your NRVC membership