Have you always wanted
to be a sister?
I pondered becoming an astronaut
or a veterinarian, but I did wonder
about religious life. After I
graduated from college I decided to
become a part of the life I had often
pictured myself in.
How did you
meet your community?
On a pilgrimage to a Marian shrine
in Chimayó, New Mexico. I signed
up for the walk at the urging of my
Spanish college professor. She said
it would be “fun and cultural.” I had
no idea that it was 100 miles or that
it was a pilgrimage for vocations.
What drew you to religious life?
It was initially because the
relationships were very profound
Best ministry experience?
I got to spend a month with our
sisters who manage the Blessed
Angela Spirituality Center Among
the Poor. It’s “centered” in the
streets of Pomona, California,
where addiction, homelessness, and
human trafficking are rampant.
What’s your favorite food?
I try to eat healthy, but I could
probably eat pizza and pancakes
every day—burritos, too.
What would people be
surprised to learn about you?
When I was a novice, after a rain
earthworms would be squirming
about on the sidewalk, sometimes
by the hundreds. So I started
plucking them off the sidewalk and
throwing them onto the grass. Later
I found out that Saint Francis of
Assisi used to do the same!
Any words of wisdom for those
considering religious life?
All I can offer is the reminder I often
receive from my mentor: Stay close
If you think being a sister is only for
people who are always proper, serious
types, think again. Felician Franciscan
Sister Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, C.S.S.F.
enjoys dancing, saving earthworms,
and telling about the time she got her
whole 12th-grade religion class to stage
a practical joke. At the same time Sister
Desiré is quick to reveal her passion for
the mission and the camaraderie she has
found in religious life.
SISTER DESIRÉ ANNE-MARIE