WHILE THE VOWS
give shape to
members still find
time to spend with
family and friends.
Here, Sister Renée
Daigle, M. S.C. visits
with four of her six
F YOU ARE READING this article, you probably have at least some interest
Building up, not giving up
in learning more about vowed life. While the vows of poverty, celibacy, and
obedience are common to those who choose religious life, they are lived
and experienced in a variety of ways. Like life in general, the experience of the
vowed life is unique to each person who professes vows. I share here some of
my own experience of living the vowed life for 33 years as a Marianite of Holy
Cross sister in hopes that it may give you a glimpse into a lifestyle that is mys-
terious in some ways.
The reason to choose a vowed life is to participate in the mission of Jesus in a
radical way. While much is gained through this lifestyle, the initial “yes” to it
comes from a deeply felt call to abandon everything and “follow me.” When I
The promises of poverty, celibacy, and obedience are less
about giving things up than about living a full life.
Vows set you free
BY SISTER RENÉE DAIGLE, M.S.C.
belongs to the
Holy Cross. She
is on the leadership team of
her congregation and a campus minister at
PHOTOS COURTES Y OF SIS TER RENÉE DAIGLE, M. S.C.