Vocation Profile - Congregation of the Divine Spirit

Congregation of the Divine Spirit

Sr. Marilee Heuer, C.D.S.
Vocation Director
2812 Harvard Avenue, N.W.
Canton, OH 44709


Professed members21 Professed, 2 Novices
Year founded1956
Generalate/motherhouseCanton, OH

Erie, PA; Youngstown, OH
In 1956, even before Vatican Council II, Our Founder, Archbishop John Mark Gannon and our Founding Superior, Mother Patricia O'Connor anticipated the needs of the Church in coming years. Together they began a new American foundation which would adapt to the needs of the times while maintaining the deep spiritual foundations of the Consecrated Life. Under the guidance of the Divine Spirit, they envisioned the community actively cooperating in the spread of the Catholic faith by aiding in the spiritual growth of the Christian family. The Sisters' focus is on ministries (especially teaching) to the young and to care for the Aged, thereby reaching all levels of the Christian family. The Sisters, taking their name from the Divine Spirit live in docility to Him, foster devotion to Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit and to the Eucharist.
Any Catholic woman may be admitted, provided she is free from all legal impediments, gives indication of a right intention, is capable of fulfilling the duties of the religious life, and is accepted by the Mother General with the advice of the General Council.
Candidacy, which remains fluid. Postulancy: 1 year. Novitiate: 2 years, the second allowing for time spent in the special ministry of the Congregation. Juniorate: 3 years of annual vows followed by a 2-year period. Perpetual profession and ongoing formation.
Age range/limit
Belated vocations?
Yes: Will give individual consideration for special circumstances.

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