The scene of nearly fifty women and girls at meal together provided us with a foretaste of that bright day in the future when our monastery, which will house 58 sisters, is full, and bounding with girls at our finishing school besides. The girls also helped us to prepare for the future in a more concrete way: they generously donated to a fund for the orchard that will be planted on our property. Perhaps next year they will be able to volunteer to pick apples!
Do such activities really help foster vocations? Time will tell, of course, but consider this:
One of the sisters asked a girl if she had any questions concerning our life. She did: "May we come back tomorrow?"