Thursday, April 25, 2013
Not so fast.
How often do you ask a question about something you don't know about? I'd bet lots of times every day. So writing to a religious community or to multiple communities (a better idea) and asking for more information isn't so strange. Asking questions is a normal human activity.
Some communities do ask you to fill out a preliminary form when you request information about their life. They don't want to waste your time. If you do not have the necessary skills, abilities, education or whatever, they want to be able to tell you right away out of respect for your time and your life. Many communities, however, are willing to send basic information after a simple inquiry.
So write, e-mail, whatever. Ask the vocation director to send you information. You can state that you are just beginning your discernment of religious life and are simply looking for basic information. If you like, you can also ask specific questions about the order (you may have generated these when you looked at the community website).
Above all, don't hesitate to ask. It is the next good step in following the call of your heart.