Name of Missionary Sister: Sr. Diane Olmstead, MSC
Current ministry: Currently serving in the Province Offices as the Business Manager.
What attracted me to a life as a Missionary Sister: Even as a child I felt drawn to missionary life – the idea of sharing God’s love with all people, i.e., being a Missionary of the Sacred Heart.
Experience that convinced me that religious life was the right path for me:
I can’t say it was one experience – however, when I finally got off the fence and just said YES – I felt a great joy and peace. In addition, I felt “at home” with the MSCs. – I felt I belonged.
Favorite prayer or scriptural quote: House built on Stone vs. Sand (Mt. 7: 24-27) – also Sower and the Seed (Mt. 13)
Favorite way to pray: Prayer with scripture and quietly walking
Blessings and challenges of community life: Blessings: Shared prayer in community and the witness of faith of each sister.
Challenges: Self-sacrifice that comes with sharing life and space and not always having my own way or desires.
What I love most about being an MSC: Having the opportunity to be part of something bigger than myself – the opportunity to share my gifts and talents – being a Missionary of God’s love – wherever I am sent.
Best loved ministry: St. Teresa Parish as a pastoral associate
What I do for enjoyment – hobbies and interests: Swimming, reading, movies
People might be surprised to know that I… get very excited at sporting events – played sports in high school – loved field hockey.
My advice for those who are in discernment: Visit communities – ask yourself where you feel “at home” – where you feel you will be a better person and become the best person you can be? Ask about how they live community and how they understand the living of the vows.
Favorite resources that I would recommend for those in discernment: Vocations Anonymous (by Cathryn Bryant ?) Having a good spiritual director.