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Living the vows
to the commit-
ment to live
The promises of poverty, celibacy, and obedience are less about giving
things up than about living a full and free life.
F yoU ARE reading this article,
you probably have at least some
interest in learning more about
vowed life. While the vows of poverty,
celibacy, and obedience are common to
those who choose religious life, they
are lived and experienced in a variety of
ways. Like life in general, the experience of the vowed life is unique to each
person who professes vows. i share here
some of my own experience of living
the vowed life for 26 years as a Marianite of Holy Cross sister in hopes that
it may give you a glimpse into a lifestyle
that still remains mysterious in some
Sister Renée Daigle, M.S.C. belongs to the Marianites of Holy
Cross. She is the congregation’s
director of vocation ministry as
well as a campus minister at
Southeastern Louisiana University.
Building up, not giving up
The reason to choose a vowed life is to
participate in the mission of Jesus in a