Cursey James Calais II
What made you begin to consider
a religious vocation? Was
there a particular moment you
remember as an “epiphany” that
led you to your commitment?
I discerned prior to college.
Ever since I was young, I felt
called to serving people. Later
on, in high school, after I made my Confirmation, I
began to get more involved with the church. I had a lot
of inspiration from my parish priests.
What is your favorite
I have a couple! But my favorite
is probably Matthew 6:21: “For
where your treasure is, there
your heart will be also.” It’s ac-
tually the underlying theme of
one of my favorite books: The
Alchemist. It really speaks to how I discovered my voca-
tion: My heart was really drawn to my community.
Who is your spiritual role model?
I probably have a few, but
certainly Our Lady—what
better way to go to Jesus than
through his mother? And certainly my mom. She’s so loving
and caring. She embodies the
sacrificial love perfectly.
What were you doing
before you entered formation?
I did a year of service after
college. I lived in community
with brothers and laypeople in
New York. I worked in their
volunteer program with youth
ministry, manual labor ministry
. . . and that’s really where I started my discernment.
SOCIETY OF ST. JOSEPH
SISTERS OF SAINTS CYRIL
2016 GRANT RECIPIENT CANDIDATES TO RELIGIOUS LIFE
PARISH VISITORS OF MARY
What made you choose
the Sisters, Servants of the
Immaculate Heart of Mary?
One summer afternoon, my
parents took me to visit one of
the convents where my great
aunts—who happen to be Sisters
of I.H.M.—were living. When I
walked in that convent door, I
thought, “There’s something here.” I wasn’t sure what it
was, but I looked around at the nuns and how they were
treating the people around them and thought, “Oh my
gosh, this might be the thing I’ve been looking for.”
How did your education
influence your decision to
dedicate your life to an order?
Being at Texas A&M was a big
part of my vocation story. I ex-
perienced a lot of independence
and was making a lot of choices
for myself. And I surrounded
myself with friends who challenged me. It was great to
see the fruitfulness of campus ministry and all the great
people doing constructive things there, like retreats and
worship and praying together.
What would you tell someone
considering a religious vocation
but unsure what steps to take or
how to tell if it is really for them?
Getting to know the founder of
the order was key for me. If I’m
going to be a member of that
order, then I know I am going
to be living the lifestyle of that founder. Creating a
relationship with that person and asking for intercession
was a huge part of my
about his life and
letting him speak to
me was important. MARIST BROTHERS
SALESIANS OF DON BOSCO
OF ST. MARTIN DE PORRES