Sister Mindy Welding, I.H.M.

Sister Mindy Welding, I.H.M.

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What roles do you play in vocation ministry? 

I am director of my community's Office of Vocations, and I'm also the coordinator for Region 4.

How long have you been involved in vocation ministry?

All together, four years. I was involved in vocation ministry in the Diocese of Scranton for three years, and now I’ve been vocation director for my congregation for one year.

Are you part of a vocation team?

We do not currently have a team, but I am a true believer that each one of us is involved in creating a culture of vocations no matter who we are, where we serve, or with whom we serve. I presently meet with three others, and we form the formation team that addresses vocations, formation, associates, and ongoing formation.

Has being a member of NRVC been helpful to you?

The NRVC staff and personnel have been extremely helpful in giving us a voice, listening to our needs and concerns, and providing us updates and learning experiences. I have relished the times I've been able to attend a meeting or class and interface with my colleagues in this ministry.

What has been your best vocation effort?

My office is in our IHM Center where many of our sisters reside. I truly believe that being here is part of my ministry . . . to encourage our sisters who have had a vocation for many, many years and are living it out! Dining with the sisters, praying with them, talking with them in the halls is truly good for each of us!

We had an open house in which every sister who lived here at the center participated—that was a great shot in the arm! We also have encouraged our sisters to create their own groups wherever they live and invite young women into the convent for dinner, a movie, discussion, etc. I think our key vocation effort has to be creating and building relationships wherever we are.

The other efforts through college campuses, for me, are the best and most important so that we continue to be a face for those seeking spiritual guidance and growth. Whether or not young adults come to choose religious vowed life, the goal is to create an environment for being serious followers of the gospel.

What do you find most rewarding?

Connecting with young people and sharing aspirations and dreams and questions about prayer, religious life, discernment, and life choices.

Contact Sister Mindy at 610-547-9715 or sismindy@gmail.com.



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