HE POET MARY OLIVER poses this question in one of her works: “Tell me.
What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This ques-
tion haunted me throughout my adolescence and into my young adult years.
It continues to challenge me as I walk with God as a Catholic sister. I chose to be a
Dominican sister at a time when many of my peers rejected the institutional church
and didn’t consider a vocation as a sister, brother, or priest a viable option. Many
thought I was crazy. For me it’s been the hardest yet best decision I’ve ever made.
I was brought up in a middle-class family in the suburbs of New York City, the
fifth of six children. My parents were committed Catholics who sent me to Catho-
I realized that volunteering for a few years in church service was
not enough. God was asking me to radically give over my life.
executive director of RENEW International, is a
of Blauvelt, New
York. A national
speaker and author, her newest
book is Live Lent!
published by RENEW
The best decision
I ever made
BY SISTER TERRY RICKARD, O.P.
during a RENEW
visit to El
COUR TES Y OF RENE W IN TERNATIONAL