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Membership Application - Letters of Recommendation Template

You may use the following letter when requesting a Letter of Recommendation from your Priest or Friend as part of your Application for Membership. Simply cut and paste the text below into an email to either your clergy or your friends when requesting a Letter of Recommendation so that they understand what we need included in their letter for you. Your completed letters, along with the other required documentation, can by uploaded in the online Application found here. 

The Community of the Mother of Jesus

133 Clyde Ave, Apt 2N

Evanston, Illinois 60202

Dear Reverend or Friend,


Your parishioner or friend is seeking to become a religious in the Community of the Mother of Jesus. As part of our application process, we request that you write a letter to us recommending them as a gifted addition to our religious community.


To help you write your letter to us, we would ask that you seek to address the following points:


  1. How long and how well have you known this applicant?

  2. Can you see him or her as a professed religious in our Community? Why?

  3. What gifts do you see your friend bringing into religious life that would help her or him live our vowed life of prayer and service?

  4. How has this applicant been a sign of God’s love for you?

  5. From your perspective what is the most significant reason that your friend is seeking to be a vowed religious?

  6. Do you have any hopes or desires for your friend as he or she walks the road to religious life?


Please address your letter to our Steward Guardian, Brother Stephen C. Wetmore, CMJ, either at the address at the top of this letter, emailed to Brother Stephen directly, or you may provide an electronic copy of your letter to the applicant to submit with their online application. 


If we can answer any question for you or be of any help to you as you write this letter on behalf of your friend please feel free to contact Br Stephen.

Thank you for the gift of your time in writing this letter on the applicant’s behalf. 


Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Community of the Mother of Jesus

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