know sisters are never alone. There
is that sisterly bond.
DAUGHTERS OF MARY HELP
What was the turn-
ing point that made
you consider becom-
ing a nun?
I had an opportu-
nity to go on this
mission trip to Haiti. I spent a week
there living with the clergy and the
religious sisters and brothers of that
order. I felt so much joy and beauty
in their life, which was being used
completely to serve other people. I
thought maybe I could have a fulfill-
ing life, too, living in this way.
What made you
choose religious life?
I remember asking some sisters,
“How do you know what you are
doing with your life?“ and they said
that they were still discerning—it
blew my mind. I was interested in
finding out what it takes to become a
nun. I googled it from my cell phone
and VISION VOCATION MATCH came
up. That’s when the journey began.
FELICIAN SISTERS OF NORTH AMERICA
What have you
about religious life?
I have a German
that has been hard
for me to give up. Also giving up
control and thinking I know what’s
best. At first it was hard putting
everything in God’s hands.
SISTERS OF THE
HUMILITY OF MARY
What would you
tell someone on the
fence about religious
I would tell them what someone told
me: “Just try it.” You have a minimum of six years between candidacy
and final vows, so there is time to
test the waters.
Among the sisters in my community, we range from 29 to 100
years old—we laugh, we are filled
with joy, we have a good time while
being centered in God, all living with
the same purpose.
DAUGHTERS OF CHRISTIAN CHARITY
What made you begin to consider
I was very focused
on my education—it
was everything really. But there was
hole in my life. I
decided to go to
Calcutta to volunteer and be where
Mother Teresa started her ministry. I
sensed that I really liked this. When
I came back, I began to discern more
SISTERS, SERVANTS OF THE IMMACULATE
HEART OF MARY
How did your education help equip
you for religious life?
I think my
That exposure prepares you to
at a liberal,
faith and moved
me more toward
religious life, when at the time I was
worried it was doing the opposite.
appreciate people of different faiths.
ADRIAN DOMINICAN SISTERS
What are the differences between
your academic life and your life in
As an academic,
you are trying to
and their roots. In
religious life it feels
more like jumping
off a cliff because I
For me the journey of religious life is
about putting all my faith in God.
FELICIAN SISTERS OF
What is the most
difficult part about
Just getting used to the freedom that
religious life brings. It is such a pure
freedom. It is about the freedom that
comes from God’s love. But I do miss
sleeping in sometimes.
What would you like
to say to the NFCRV
and its benefactors?
I would like to thank them for helping me continue my vocation because
my student loans were one of the
issues I had when I entered religious
life. I worried I wouldn’t get in. This
grant helped me make that dream