PRAYER & DISCERNMENT
WAS SO CLEAR about my call to be a family physician. I had been accepted
to medical school. I desired to serve those most in need of healthcare—people
I had met at a free clinic sponsored by an inner-city parish and where I volun-
teered in high school. The doctors, nurses, and other parishioners who served the
sick in the evenings at the clinic taught me that healthcare is a basic human right
and that my faith calls me to be sure that everyone has access. That was my calling.
Becoming a sister, brother, or priest doesn’t have to mean
giving up your professional path. Not only that, a religious
vocation can reshape your career in surprising ways.
Call within a call: Your
vocation and a career
Sister Janet Gildea, S.C. was aSister of Charity for 37 years,ministeringmost of thoseyears as a familyphysician. Sadly,she lost her battle with recurring cancer in2019. She wrotethis article forVISION 2015.
BY SISTER JANET GILDEA, S.C.