pretend Mass for her siblings. By thetime she was in high school, she hadbegun volunteering in her Jesuit-runparish. It was there that Gonzalez’life began to follow an unexpectedpath.
“My pastor asked me what I wasgoing to study in college,” she remembers. “I knew I couldn’t go. Mydad wanted me to be a stay-at-homewife like my mom. But my pastorsaid, I will recommend you to Loyolain New Orleans. I’m going to help you.
The Jesuits had faith in me.
“By the grace of God I got accepted,” she says. “I remember thatphone call vividly. Then I had tobreak the news to my dad. He was
IN HER MINISTRYas coordinator ofinternational admissionsat Albertus MagnusCollege, Gonzalez joinsstudents in a Lunar NewYear celebration.
COUR TES Y OF SISTER ANA GONZALEZ, O. P.
king in my family. When he says no
it’s no. He said no.”
Again, the Jesuits intervened.
They convinced Gonzalez’ father tolet her go to Loyola, a Jesuit university, although he refused to providemuch financial support. The Jesuitsarranged living quarters and a campus job, which led to the DominicanSisters.
Gonzalez’ experience at Loyola began to open doors she hadn’t knowneven existed. No longer constrictedby cultural or family expectations,she could make friends with people
The sisters weremaking such apowerful influence inthe world. They livedtogether with Godat their center. Theyempowered me.”