What attracted me to a life as a Missionary Sister: I was blessed to have had the good fortune to attend Mother Cabrini High School In New York City. The sisters’ warmth, humor, and genuine interest in our lives as young women had a significant impact on me and gave me the courage to move forward in the process of applying to the Missionary Sisters.
Experience that convinced me that religious life was the right path for me: For one, I very much enjoyed the process of growing in my relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship was coupled with the love and support of a few wise, holy and extraordinary MSCs who were generous in guiding me through some very difficult periods. Over time, with God’s grace I gradually knew deep within me that this was indeed the right path for my life.
Favorite prayer or scriptural quote: “I have carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you here to myself.” Exodus 19:4
Favorite way to pray: This changes over time and seasons of life but I often find that journaling is a very helpful form of prayer.
Blessings and challenges of community life:
Blessings: The blessings of community life are companionship in sharing similar values, support in living these values, assistance in difficult times, being consistently invited to be the best version of myself.
Challenges: feeling lonely at times, having to interact with some difficult personalities, having to let go of what I want for the sake of the common good.
What I love most about being an MSC: Knowing that I belong to an extraordinary community of women both in heaven and here on earth. Feeling loved and supported by my sisters near and far.
Best loved ministry: I loved teaching theology/spirituality to the students in New York City.
What I do for enjoyment – hobbies and interests: Walking, hiking in woods and mountains, crossword puzzles, reading novels and biographies.
People might be surprised to know that I… often used to daydream about having 12 children!
My advice for those who are in discernment: Know that any decision is part of a process and that it takes time to know deeply that “this is the right _______”
Favorite resources that I would recommend for those in discernment:
The writings of William Barry, SJ.