Visiting a community of sisters can be a helpful step in discerning your vocation. Throughout the year we offer various opportunities for young women who desire to learn more about Pauline religious life. Ranging from short visits, retreats, to live-in experiences, these “come and see” opportunities are held in our various communities in the USA and Canada, often at our Novitiate House in Boston. If you cannot find an upcoming event accessible to you, or you have further questions, feel free to contact the vocation director nearest to you.



Types of "Come & See" Events

  • Come & See
  • Holy Week Retreat
  • St. Paul Summer Program

Come & See Programs (for young women ages 18-30) can be a couple of hours in an afternoon, a full day, or a weekend. They can be held at any of our convents throughout the USA and Canada. Some are carefully structured so that participants experience for themselves various aspects of the life of a Daughter of St. Paul, including times of prayer, our Pauline mission, and community time spent together. For a less formal experience, you may be invited to:

  • Volunteer with us
  • Join us for evening prayer and supper
  • Come for an hour of adoration and pray with us
  • Attend our local events and concerts
  • Arrange to make an individual visit with the vocational director

If you are interested in visiting, contact us! We would love to hear from you and help you to take the next step in your discernment journey.

The Holy Week Retreat (for young women between the ages of 17-30) is held each year at the Novitiate House in Boston, MA, from the Wednesday of Holy Week to Easter Monday. This powerful experience at the high point of the liturgical year includes: Mass, Community Prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, Silent Day of Retreat, Conferences, Apostolic Experiences, the Sacred Triduum and Easter Celebrations.

The St. Paul Summer Program for young women ages 14-18 yrs (those entering grades 9-12 or 1st yr of college) is held each year at the Daughters of Saint Paul Convent in Boston, Massachusetts. Dates for the 2019 program are July 25-30. (See event calendar above.) 

The Saint Paul Summer Program includes:

  • Daily Prayer with the Sisters: Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Morning and Evening Prayer
  • Classes on the Word of God, Discerning God’s Call in Your Life, Pauline Consecrated Life, Saint Paul, Media, and more!
  • Writing and Art Tracks so that you can learn from our sisters who are artists, designers, writers, and editors. You will receive hands-on experiences of using media to proclaim the Good News
  • Recreation Sports, hiking, sight-seeing, historic Boston and Concord, film discussions and media nights


  • Parental consent
  • Openness to the idea of religious life as a vocational choice
  • Good health
  • Application
  • Confirmation from the vocation director
  • Program cost of $125 is due after the application process is completed.

The sisters will be able to meet all participants arriving at Boston Logan Airport or Bus/Train station, and bring participants back for return trip. The program is held at the Daughters of St. Paul Convent, 50 Saint Pauls Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.


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