Sisterhood is different
BY SISTER COLLEEN GIBSON, S.S.J.
HEN I TOLD PEOPLE I was thinking about becoming a religioussister, they asked me the same questions: Why did I feel called?
Why religious life? Or just plain, Why?
And once I told them about my desire to grow in my relationship with God,to serve others, and to live a radical life of intention in line with the gospel, theinevitable questions were: Why become a sister? Couldn’t you do all those thingsas a committed single woman?
Being a committed single person is a calling of its own, but
one that differs from being a Catholic sister who takes vows
and lives in community. Here’s why I chose sisterhood.
SISTERS representthe church, theircongregation, andtheir faith at everymoment. Here theauthor (left) works inthe food pantry of theSisters of St. JosephNeighborhood Centerin Camden, New Jersey.
Sister ColleenGibson, S.S.J.currently ministers at the Sistersof Saint JosephNeighborhoodCenter in Camden, New Jersey.A writer and retreat speaker,she blogs at be-ingmyvocation.blogspot.comand has beenpublished in avariety of outlets.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH