What attracted me to a life as a Missionary Sister: The sisters I had and knew in elementary school were very nice and friendly to all of us. I admired that in them and felt that I wanted to be like them too. I also liked that they were doing “things” for God and I wanted to do that, too.
Experience that convinced me that religious life was the right path for me: I had a strong “pull” during my elementary school and high school years that would not go away and I felt I wanted to enter the community.
Favorite prayer or scriptural quote: “1 Cor 13 1-13” St Paul’s words on Love.
Favorite way to pray: I like to be spontaneous. I like to pray in community especially when we can share our thoughts, experiences and feelings.
Blessings and challenges of community life: Community life is a blessing as we get to share with each other about life and ourselves in general and also get to share in the community responsibilities. I love the “esprit de corps”. It is a challenge because we are all of different ages and backgrounds and sometimes we need to find a “middle” road in dealing with different issues.
What I love most about being an MSC: Since we are an international community we may get to live with people from different countries with different experiences and/or we may get to live and work overseas. I love meeting our sisters from other parts of the world and learning about their lives.
Best loved ministry: I have loved all of my ministries. There are different reasons for each but the common thread is the people I get to know and serve. It makes it all real. I have ministered in elementary schools, high school and college. I have also worked in healthcare.
What I do for enjoyment – hobbies and interests: I love to do puzzles especially SUDOKU. I also like to put together jig saw puzzles. Going to movies is another favorite. Once in a while I love a good Broadway show at a discount!
People might be surprised to know that I… Most people are surprised to hear that I am an accountant. Their reaction is that they never met a sister who did that kind of work. Many people assume a sister is either a nurse or teacher!
My advice for those who are in discernment: Take your time, but not too much time in making up your mind to apply! It is a good life and worth exploring if you feel the “call”. Not one sister is perfect so you will fit in!
Favorite resources that I would recommend for those in discernment: Speak to different sisters and get to know us/them. Also, go to someone you can speak to like a spiritual guide or director to help you discern.