Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mater Redemptoris part of the formation process for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George?
It is not. Mater Redemptoris House of Formation is a joint project of the Diocese of La Crosse and the Sisters to promote vocations to the religious life in the Diocese of La Crosse and the surrounding region. The Sisters serve as teachers and spiritual guides, but the goal of all of the programs is to promote understanding of religious life in the Church and to assist girls and women to find God's particular call for their lives. 
How serious about religious life do you have to be to attend a program at the House of Formation?
Every Catholic woman has the right to be informed of the vocational possibilities for her life. Since this is the case, any serious-minded Catholic girl or woman is invited to participate in our programs. Participation in any program does not imply that a woman has a religious call, just that she wishes to learn about the possibilities God might have for her.
How is Mater Redemptoris House of Formation funded?
Mater Redemptoris House of Formation is funded mainly through the Diocesan Annual Appeal of the Diocese of La Crosse. Other sources of funding are donations and program income. (This last is only a small portion of our income: we charge very minimal fees for participation.) 
Are girls and women from other Dioceses allowed to attend events?
Women from all over the country participate in our programs. To date, we have not had to limit enrollment in the programs to women from the Diocese.
What religious communities does Mater Redemptoris House of Formation promote?
The House of Formation does not "promote" any particular religious community. We display information from any canonically established religious congregation which sends us information and place information about vocation discernment events from such communities on our website. In directing women, we follow God's lead, seeking to match the woman's inner call with the charism of a particular community. In choosing communities for vocation visits, we look for representative communities consisting of long-established congregations from the main religious families which have young members.

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