For the Woman Transitioning
You are not alone.
Most likely the reason why you have made it to this webpage is because you find yourself in a situation you never thought you would be in. Discerning to follow the Lord on a different path from the one you initially expected for your life is nothing short of courageous. Perhaps you don’t feel that way now, but those of us at Leonie’s Longing know it is. We’ve lived it and we are here for you.
You may be looking for support, but don’t know where to turn or even if you’re ready. While there is no set of exact instructions for how to navigate this time of transition from religious life, there is one guiding principle that you might consider as your foundation – be gentle with yourself. You are first and foremost a beloved daughter of the Father, who loves you infinitely. In this time, try to let Him hold you in His arms. The rest will unfold.
Below are simply some suggestions that might help you take just the next step. Our main goal is community, but we also know that you have physical, spiritual and emotional needs.
Suggestions to help take the next step…
Diocesan Vocations Office
You may wish to speak with a dedicated Catholic counselor who understands the journey you have made. Some licensed counselors, who believe in the work of Leonie’s Longing, have made themselves available to speak with you by phone or virtually. Simply let us know of your interest and we can put you in touch with them. This may be a great way to begin your healing journey with complete anonymity.
You can also ask your parish priest or other members of the parish for thoughts and assistance. Often there are people willing to help if you just ask. For instance, many women have difficulty getting car insurance after returning because they have not been on a policy for so long. In this situation, there may be a parishioner who works in this field and could lend you a hand.