How Sister Marcia Hall is encouraging African American vocations

Sister Marcia Hall (center) is producing a documentary titled "The Calling From God: Promoting Vocations in the African American Community." Photos courtesy of Destiny Productions

National Catholic Sisters Week has supported a host of efforts to promote vocations among African American women, and we're pleased to spread the word about innovative work being done by Sister Marcia Hall, the vocations director for the Oblate Sisters of Providence.

She recently shared an update with Global Sisters Report, addressing the need for more outreach to young African American women:

"It's a question of visibility. People don't see us. They don't know where we are. And I don't just mean because people are not in habit. I mean we're not in schools like we were."

Part of the charge, Sister Marcia said, is to better engage their parents. "We know that there are not a lot of vocations coming out of the African American community and that there are parents who are actively discouraging their children from entering religious life," she told Global Sisters Report.

Read the entire Q&A with Sister Marcia here.




About Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Twenty Something,” which appears in more than 50 Catholic newspapers across the country. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, America, The Chicago Tribune, The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press. She also provides contracted editing and writing services. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University.