What first drew you
to religious life?
I met sisters in their 80s and90s who were so happy, justglowing, about the life they havelived and still are living.
How did friends and
family respond to your
becoming a sister?
My friends from a young adultministry group were my anchorbecause they supported andprayed with me when othersaround me were against theidea—at first. My parents, all mycousins (who are like siblingsbecause I’m an only child),my childhood girlfriends, andcollege friends were shockedat first. But eventually theysupported me because they sawhow happy I was.
What do you enjoy
about your current
work as a campus
I like building relationshipswith students and facultyand collaborating with otherministers. I enjoy connectingwith other campus ministersglobally. And it is a gift towitness students who sharetheir sacred faith journey.
Fun fact about
As a Filipino American, I’m fluentin Tagalog.
Your favorite ways
Centering prayer and art(such as water colors, knitting,mandalas, and word art).
Most fun you’ve had
with your community?
Canoeing the Wabash Riverwith sisters in formation andattending with my sistersa Simbang Gabi Mass andreception with the local Filipinocommunity. [Simbang Gabi is aFilipino Christmas tradition.]
Goodbye L.A., hello
Inspiration can come from unexpected places. By age 31,Jessica Vitente had earned a college degree and worked herway up in a Los Angeles company. She had never entertainedthe idea of becoming a sister. But then she met some Sistersof Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana at the LosAngeles Religious Education Congress in 2015. Impressed,she took them up on an invitation to attend a Come and Seeretreat 2,000 miles from her home. The more she discoveredabout them, the more she envisioned their life for herself.
“God was tugging at my heart strongly,” she says. In 2018, shemoved to Indiana to begin life as a Sister of Providence.
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