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Vocation Houses:
Supportive Environment for Single Catholic Men and Women

Mission Statement

 

Fort Wayne (Indiana) Vocation Discernment Houses are ministries of the Confraternity of Penitents (CFP), a Catholic Lay Association of the faithful following a modified 1221 Rule of St Francis of Assisi. 

Both men's and women's houses provide low-cost housing and supportive programs for single Catholics who are discerning the call and will of God for their state in life, be that a religious vocation, marriage, single life, diocesan hermit or sudden, life altering changes in later life.

Far from the noise and distractions of the world and through a supportive program of regular prayer, spiritual direction, daily Mass attendance, educational programs, and community life in a peaceful family atmosphere, the soul begins to hear the will of God. Thus, with the action of the Holy Spirit, the staff at Vocation Houses assists in building lives for the Kingdom of God.

During their period of residency, men and women are encouraged to have a part-time job so as to have the funds to purchase food and other necessities. They are also invited to volunteer in the CFP’s gift shop to cover, either partially or fully, their monthly Program Service Fee.  

With God's grace, house residents support one another through prayer, fellowship, and community living. Even though, in time, residents move on to the next step in their journey, our goal is that they always remain brothers and sisters in Christ

Oversight

Vocations Houses are ministries of the Confraternity of Penitents, a private association of the faithful commended by the Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana.  Its members live a religious rule of life as lay people.

 

The CFP is also national 501 c 3 non-profit organization under the United States Internal Revenue Service. Donations to it and to its ministries are fully tax deductible. 

Vocation Houses are directed by house administrators who are overseen by the Confraternity Volunteer Coordinator who resides two blocks away.

House Administrator

House administrators must pass rigorous screening, complete a national background check, and successfully fulfill the Diocesan Safe Environment Training Program. They participate in on going education and training sponsored by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and by other suitable agencies.  

Funding

Vocation Houses rely on the prayers of their residents and supporters, on donations from Confraternity members and benefactors, and on proceeds from the Confraternity of Penitents Holy Angels Gift Shop. 

For information about individual homes, see:

Guadalupe Men's House

Annunciation Women's House

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I've been here for 5 months, and the experience has truly been a gift from God. The house has been a place without worldly distractions, helping me transition to religious life. I know I would not have been able to do this without Annunciation House.

Erica N.