Anchorage attorney, convert to Catholicism and Holy Family Cathedral parishioner Tara Clemens has been accepted for the postulancy at Corpus Christi Monastery, a Dominican religious cloister in Menlo Park, Ca. The mission of the cloistered Dominican nuns is to honor and promote devotion to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
The target date for Clemens’ entry at the monastery is June 8, 2011 – pending resolution of her educational debt.
Clemens completed an aspirancy, a month-long visit at the monastery, in February. The postulancy would be Clemens’ second step in the eight-year discernment process toward taking final, life-long vows as a cloistered nun.
But first, Clemens must resolve her school debt.
“This is the one hurdle keeping me from entering religious life,” Clemens told the Catholic Anchor.
Although she is working to pay down the debt, the balance is “significant, especially in today’s economy,” Clemens explained, so “I will not be able to enter religious life without the generous support of others.”
To this end, she is working with the Labouré Society, a non-profit organization that assists aspirants in resolving educational debt so they are free to enter the priesthood or religious life.
Paying off the debt by June is “no small task,” Clemens observed, but “with God all things are possible.”
Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Labouré Society in honor of Tara Clemens at labouresociety.org/.
Read more about Clemens’ journey to the cloistered monastery at catholicanchor.org/wordpress/?p=934. And visit Clemens’ online blog at supporttarasvocation.wordpress.com.