Growing up, what was your
dream for your life?
Religious life never even crossed my
mind! As a top student at my high school
who loved science, the only thing I
wanted to do was become a doctor to
help people. So I went into college as a
pre-med biology major with a chemistry
What has been your most
exciting experience as a
Right now my excitement comes when
I am able to have a real one-on-one
moment with someone who doesn’t
understand why people choose to be
Christians. Those conversations keep me
excited to learn more about my own faith.
What is the best part
of living in community?
There is a never-ending source of
wisdom that I am privileged to tap into.
Also it has really boosted my confidence
to live among women with the same
missionary spirit that I’ve felt but didn’t
know yet what to do with.
Do you have a favorite saint?
I have loved Saint Francis of Assisi ever
since I was a little girl and heard about
his radical conversion. I love Saint Teresa
of Avila, too. She is a powerful woman.
Tell us something surprising
I’m striving to become a polyglot. I
am currently bilingual in English and
Spanish and am working on French and
Mandarin Chinese. Plus I hope to pick
up my lessons in German again. But the
list of languages I want to learn doesn’t
Any advice for those
considering religious life?
I want people to know this is really a
choice to say yes to a call. The convent
isn’t somewhere to go if you can’t find
a boyfriend or can’t find a job. I thought
I had my life planned out, and I had two
long-term boyfriends in the past. Yet
nothing else felt as important as serving
God in this way.
JC PHOTOGRAPH Y
SISTER CHRISTINA CŃE CHAVEZ, C.D.P.
God’s call can be slow and quiet; and it can be strong and sudden.
After some subtle clues that a religious community might be
the place for her, Sister Christina Cńe Chavez, C.D.P. was at
her grandmother’s funeral when she felt a strong message to
devote herself to Christ. Soon after, she picked up her phone and
Googled “How do you become a nun?” and the VISION Vocation
Match website popped up. That began an earnest journey that
eventually brought her to the door of the Congregation of Divine
Providence in her home state of Texas.
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