Thank you for visiting our website and vocations page. It is wonderful to know that you are discerning if Our Lord, Jesus Christ, has filled your heart with His call of love to serve others through and within His Church. I hope that our website is helpful in your discernment as you take a look at our community — the Order of the BVM of Mercy: Mercedarian Friars, founded in 1218 by Saint Peter Nolasco.
I ask that you prayerfully read the materials we have placed on our site, especially the information about our formation program. I strongly encourage you to think about being a Mercedarian Friar yourself! You are invited to arrange a visit with us anytime here in Philadelphia. By visiting us, you will observe and share in our community life first hand. A visit will also allow you to speak with our friars — you can learn from them not only why they choose to follow Our Lord, but why as Mercedarians. Let me know first so I can make proper arrangements.
You are facing many choices and decisions that are not easy. Remember this, that you have personally been called by Jesus, Our Redeemer, just as the first twelve Apostles were. Trust him at all times. He will give you the necessary grace to not only say “yes” but guide you in the direction you should go. Ask for Our Lady’s prayers and guidance also in your daily prayers — she will never let you down. Keep in mind the words of the late Pope John Paul II from his Apostolic Exhortation, Vita Consecrata “a filial relationship to Mary is the royal road to fidelity to one’s vocation (VC, 28)!”
Please fill out the General Information Form and return it to me as soon as possible so that I may be of greater assistance. That is what I am here to do — assist you in discerning what it is that Jesus is asking of you. You will be in our daily community prayers. I look forward to hearing from you. You may contact me be e-mail or phone. Remember, I am here to be of service to you. If you never try, you will never know.
In Saint Peter Nolasco:
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Director of Vocations
If I can be of further assistance to you please don’t hesitate to email me, or call me at 215-879-0594.