WAS SO CLEAR ABOUT MY CALL to be a family physician. I had been
accepted to medical school. I desired to serve those most in need of health
care—people I had met at a free clinic sponsored by an inner-city parish
and where I volunteered in high school. The doctors, nurses, and other parish-
ioners who served the sick in the evenings at the clinic taught me that health
care is a basic human right and that my faith calls me to be sure that everyone
has access. That was my calling.
During college I also began to notice within myself a growing curiosity about
religious life. The sisters who taught many of my classes and lived on campus were
dedicated professionals and academics with a spiritual side that showed in their
interactions with students, staff, and colleagues. Some lived in the college convent,
Becoming a sister, brother, or priest doesn’t have to mean
giving up your professional path. Not only that, a religious
vocation can reshape your career in surprising ways.
Can your career fit
into religious life?
BY SISTER JANET GILDEA, S.C.
of her life as
a member of
Gildea has been
able to work as
Sister Janet Gildea, S.C. is a Sister of Charity of
Cincinnati and a