WAS JUST OUT of high school when I visited a convent for the first time. I
I also was introduced to the religious vows. Women and men religious (sis-
buzzed with excitement, aware I might be entering into a world that could
define me. I had felt the pull toward a life dedicated wholly to God and
wondered what shape that would take. At the convent, I heard women three
times my age describe lives centered on God and community, and I observed
their joy, dedication, and strength.
ters, nuns, brothers, monks, and some priests) have elected to let these vows be
the core of their lifestyle, the pathway to holiness that they pursue.
For most, the religious vows are public vows of chastity, poverty, and
obedience. These vows are what make them into consecrated women and men—
A young sister reveals how the age-old vows of poverty,
chastity, and obedience give shape and meaning to her life.
BY SISTER JULIA WALSH, F.S.P.A.
Walsh is a Franciscan Sister
former high-school theology
teacher, and is
now on staff at
Franciscan Spirituality Center in
writing has appeared in
America, Living Faith,
and on her blog,
COURTES Y OF FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF PERPE TUAL ADORATION
F.S.P.A. with a ring
during her final