as a discerner



Intentional living and relationship building with a focus on prayer
and exploring life's next steps.

How might your passion and gifts be used to meet the needs of the world?

How is God speaking through your prayer and relationships?

With whom do you share these questions, wonderings and insights?

The Sisters of St. Joseph sponsor two discernment communities in South St. Louis:  Holy Spirit House and Fiat House.  

Both houses are made up of women of varying ages and backgrounds.  While most discerners are in their 20s or 30s, the range of ages of those living in the discernment houses has been as broad as 19-86.  At least one Sister of St. Joseph lives in each house.  

Community members determine together how prayer, meals, play, ministry and discernment experiences will be integrated.  

Community members typically make a year-long commitment, though the arrangement is flexible based on one’s discernment within a range of 6 months to 2 years.  

Room and board costs are modest and include rent, utilities, groceries, wireless internet connection, and a private, furnished bedroom.  The living room, dining room, chapel, laundry room, etc. are common spaces shared by all.

Both houses are accessible by public transportation and are close to biking, hiking and walking paths, and public parks.

Holy Spirit House

Holy Spirit House is specifically for women considering religious life as a vocation.  The house provides the opportunity to experience community living and rhythms with vowed sisters as part of a woman’s discernment.  Discerners need not be specifically considering the Sisters of St. Joseph to live at Holy Spirit.

Fiat House

Named after the Blessed Mother’s fiat at the Annunciation—a resounding “yes” to God’s plan for her—Fiat House is for women in more general discernment.


To learn more about living in a discernment community contact:

Sister Sarah Heger  




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