After hearing the call to religious life, what is the next step for a woman to take if they want to live a life similar to yours?
Thanks for your question! For starters, I would say:
Pray (continual a daily commitment to prayer, especially with the intention of finding your vocation)
Seek spiritual/vocational guidance (I met with our parish pastor and found it very helpful)
Find out more (about yourself and various communities)
(Maybe think about what you desire in a religious community (e.g., apostolate, prayer life, habit, community life, etc.)
The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) has a very helpful website where they list their member congregations and have information about them.
Once you’ve done a little self-examination, you might want to look through their web directory and prayerfully contact some communities that seem to fit.
I don’t know how far along you are in the discernment process, and you don’t want to rush headlong into things, but you might even set up to visit some communities.
Where you live in proximity to various communities is definitely a consideration.