ow can you be a nun? You’re the most boy-crazy girl I know!” My good
friend first jokingly teased me with this question when we were both
still teenagers. I was in the earliest stages of my discernment at the
time, and I couldn’t give her a good answer to her question.
That was nearly two decades ago. I like to think that I’ve matured a lot since
I was a teenager and that I’ve come to understand how the complex parts of my
personality can all enrich my relationship with God. I’m convinced that God
used my teenage feelings to steer me toward my vocation. In fact, being boy-crazy actually influenced my very first sense of vocation to sisterhood.
Being boy-crazy as a teenager actually helped this
Franciscan sister experience the call to Catholic sisterhood.
Celibacy leads me
to limitless love
BY SISTER JULIA WALSH, F.S.P.A.
THROUGH THE vow of
chastity, Sister Julia
Walsh, F.S.P.A. is able
to love in a different
way than do married
or single people,
extending herself to
and to those she meets
in ministry. Here, she
on a field trip.
(Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration)
teaches theology at Aquinas
High School in
LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Find
her online at