BALTIMORE - Do you know your calling? Your passion? Your vocation?
To a few hundred young women every year, a calling is a literal journey into a life of service and a devotion to the Catholic faith.
It’s a devotion that is fading for many women younger than 30.
“But it’s still something I’m asked about,” says Sister Hilda Marie Sutherland, a nun with the School Sisters of Notre Dame. “I tell young women that before making that decision, thing hard about what you are looking for.”
Sister “Hildie” became a nun at 17. For most of her adult life, she has been a loved figured at Institute of Notre Dame, an all-girls high school in Baltimore.
Over the years, she has answered questions from students curious about becoming nuns themselves.
While Hildie embraced the sisterhood as her calling. It was something she thought about for a long time.
Across the state, many religious organizations are working to revamp their vocation practices to encourage more women to follow their passion of devotion to the Catholic Church.
Since 1998, the number of nuns in Maryland has decreased from around 1,300 in to just less than 900 in 2014 according to published media reports.