What attracted me to a life as a Missionary Sister:
Missionary Sisters who taught me in grammar and High School. Their life of prayer, compassion and love for the poor. The missionary work that the sisters did and continue to do.
Experience that convinced me that religious life was the right path for me:
Difficult to answer as they changed over the years. Prayer, discernment, ministries etc. I believed it was God’s will for me. I did not obsess about my future. I put everything in the hands of God and took the leap. I did not worry about where I would be sent, what I would do all I knew was that I wanted to follow Jesus.
Favorite prayer or scriptural quote:
My favorite prayer is for an increase in unshakeable confidence in God.
Favorite way to pray:
Contemplation/ meditation. Just talking with Jesus. Mother Cabrini’s spiritual director used to say to her go talk to Jesus about that and that is what I do.
Blessings and challenges of community life:
- Blessings: people who share the same values as I do and who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus. That is a great support for me.
- Challenges: we are all human and living together is not always easy. But I have always found that kindness goes a long way.
What I love most about being an MSC:
The International dimension of our Institute and having to share this life with some remarkable holy women.
Best loved ministry:
Working with the poor especially, with the immigrant poor.
What I do for enjoyment:
Swim and read mysteries.
People might be surprised to know that I:
Have a great fear of flying although my ministry requires me to travel a lot.
My advice for those who are in discernment:
Seek a good spiritual director who knows Ignatian discernment. Do you want to deepen your relationship with Jesus if so come join us. However, you need to be courageous and filled with zeal for the people of God.
Favorite resources that I would recommend for those in discernment:
Discernment of Spirits by Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV as well as his books on Spiritual Consolation, The Examen Prayer. The Ignatian Impulse Series: the sevenfold yes: Affirming the goodness of our deepest desires by Willi Lambert. The Life and Missionary Activity of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: In Weakness, Strength by Segundo Galilea.