“Nun” was not
the original plan
SISTER GRACIELA COLON, S.C.C.
COURTES Y OF THE SIS TERS OF CHRIS TIAN CHARIT Y
How did you meet your
I first learned about them on the
Internet. I contacted the vocations
director and came for a visit. I very
quickly felt at home with the sisters
and was deeply drawn to their
Eucharistic lifestyle and spirituality.
What’s the best part
of living in community?
Sharing joys and sorrows together.
We celebrate birthdays, feast
days, jubilees, and anything else in
between. However, it’s also nice to
be part of a supportive community in
times of sorrow. I find it moving the
way the sisters care for each other in
times of illness or death.
Your favorite way to pray?
I love it when the chapel is nearly
empty and I am able to have “alone
time” with the Lord. But I also
love when we pray together as a
What types of ministry have
you experienced so far?
Right now I enjoy being able to use
my legal skills to help low-income
immigrants. I’ve also served as
sacristan at our motherhouse chapel
and have helped distribute diapers
and clothes at a family resource
Most fun you’ve had
with your community?
Sledding and building “snownuns”
when there is a snowstorm. We also
have a lot of fun when we get together
for a game of ultimate Frisbee.
Any advice for people
considering religious life?
It’s hard for young people to commit
to religious life because there are
so many opportunities. I’d say if you
feel the Lord nudging you to enter
religious life, just try it and don’t run
from it. Discern, because otherwise
you might spend the rest of your
life wondering what would have
happened if you had truly given the
Lord a chance.
Sister Graciela Colon, S.C.C. loves to Rollerblade, especially
downhill at high speed. Maybe that’s what it felt like when she
first thought of abandoning her careful plans for life. They
involved a successful legal career, a husband, and a family in
Brooklyn. An active Catholic with a law degree freshly under
her belt, she spent three weeks with Mother Teresa’s sisters
in Calcutta where “I was inspired by their total self-giving,”
she says. Upon her return she looked seriously at religious life.
Today Sister Graciela is preparing for full membership with
the Sisters of Christian Charity and providing legal help at an
immigrant resource center.
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