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Interview with Sr. Mary Rose, TOR: Year of Consecrated Life

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It is once again time to meet and get to know a consecrated religious for this Year of Consecrated Life that we are still in. Today’s interview is with Sr. Mary Rose Bratlien, T.O.R. She also got one of her fellow sisters in her community involved int he interview, so for a couple questions we’ll also get to meet Sr. Elizabeth Buessink, T.O.R., Vocations Coordinator. The questions are marked so you know who is answering which ones. This is another interesting and inspiring interview, and I love the pictures Sr. Mary Rose sent me. There is a peacefulness that comes out in the interview and in the pictures. I hope you feel it too as you read on below.

What is your name?

Sr. Mary Rose Bratlien, T.O.R., Mission Advancement Director

What is the name of your order and what is your order’s particular charism?

Sr. Mary Rose TOR
Sr. Mary Rose, T.O.R.

Franciscan Sisters, Third Order Regular (T.O.R.) of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother. Our charisms include daily contemplation of Christ’s crucified love, receiving His divine mercy, and with Mary our Mother, seeking to become vessels of Christ’s merciful love for others. We embrace the Franciscan values and lifestyle of poverty and minority within a supportive sisterhood, seeking to be humble handmaids of God our loving Father. We celebrate Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours daily, as well as daily Eucharistic adoration, where we intercede for the world so that all may be reconciled and brought into living communion with God now and forever in heaven.

How did you know God was calling you to this life? By Sr. Mary Rose Bratlien, T.O.R., Mission Advancement Director

I learned about our Community the year that it began in 1988, while I was a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Ohio. Some of the community’s founding members were my college classmates. I observed them get started, and inquired about the community’s charisms and mission. They explained it was a blending of both the contemplative and active life, including significant time for Eucharistic Adoration, silent and contemplative prayer, as well as various works of evangelization and service to the poor, the elderly, on college campuses, and in parishes. It included frequent praise and worship and openness to all the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and would blend both the traditional and the charismatic dimensions of the church’s life, including wearing a religious garb or habit and liturgical prayer of the Divine Office in common. I knew this way of life would be a good fit for me, as God had been inspiring me to seek to live this way for several years prior. For several years already I felt an attraction to the spirituality of St. Francis and a desire to follow his example of radical love for God. I realized, like St. Francis did, that it can be a radical turning away from sin and selfishness to choose to embrace a life of chastity for the sake of the Kingdom of God, poverty in imitation of Christ, and to live simply without accumulating goods so that one’s main focus can be to use one’s time and resources to serve the poor and do spiritual and corporal works of mercy. I began to understand what a gift it is to be called by God to live in intimate union with Him as a religious sister, and that by obedience to a Franciscan Rule of Life, I would be able to safeguard a prayer life, and would have freedom from being ambushed by my own preferences, as well as to gain assurance of doing God’s will rather than my own.

Tell us a bit about what your day-to-day life is like. by Sr. Elizabeth Buessink, T.O.R., Vocations Coordinator

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Sr. Elizabeth, T.O.R.

Our daily routine includes prayer, work, and ministry. We rise at 5:00am and begin our day giving the Lord our “first fruits” in an hour of silent Eucharistic adoration followed by Morning Prayer from the Divine Office. Directly after our morning prayers we celebrate Mass as a community. Following Mass is time for extended prayer and silence as well as an informal breakfast. At 9am we begin our work or ministry. Some sisters will head to our ministries in the Downtown Steubenville area to work with the poor, others will head to their offices on campuses to work with the students, others will go to their offices at the Motherhouse to serve the community. At noon, we stop our work and ministry to gather for prayer which usually consists of a time of praise and worship with intercessions and a rosary or Station of the Cross, followed by lunch. After lunch we return to our various work assignments or ministries. We come back together at 5pm for our second Eucharistic Holy Hour of the day and Evening Prayer from the Divine Office and a Mercy Chaplet. After our evening time of prayer we eat dinner together. The evenings consist of a variety of things for us. Some evenings we have recreation together, other evenings we have share groups which is a time of sharing more deeply with a smaller group of sisters, sometimes we return to our work or ministries. We then gather at 8:30pm for Night Prayer and head off to bed just to get up and do it all again the next morning!

What advice would you give to someone considering a consecrated religious life? by Sr. Elizabeth Buessink, T.O.R., Vocations Coordinator

To include in your daily routine some time for prayer and silence. It is in those times when we are not “busy” praying a rosary or journaling that we are able to rest in the Lord’s love and hear His voice most clearly. Lectio Divina is a great way to immerse yourself in Scripture and sit with the Word, letting it penetrate the heart. Silence in prayer and in daily life is very important because it is in those moments that you will come to discover the deepest desires of your heart. Those desires will always be connected to your vocation and call in life. Another piece of advice is to research communities and visit them. Much can be gained from visiting a religious community, praying with them, eating with them, recreating and working with them. And a final piece of advice is to relax! God is not out to make you do something you do not want to do nor is He out to hide your vocation from you. Trust in His perfect timing!

Franciscan Sisters, Third Order Regular (TOR) of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother
Franciscan Sisters, Third Order Regular (TOR) of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother

What does it mean to you that Pope Francis has dedicated this year (Nov. 30, 2014-February 2, 2016) as a Year of Consecrated Life? By Sr. Mary Rose Bratlien, T.O.R., Mission Advancement Director

We are grateful for Pope Francis’ effort to highlight the beauty and importance of the gift of Consecrated Life in the Church during this year and the special role of the family in aiding growth in holiness. The Pope’s initiative has helped Catholic families and individuals to become more aware of praying for and fostering religious vocation within their families, as well as to understand more deeply the family’s vital role in nurturing holiness, and seeking God’s will for our lives, which is to discover our truest self by God’s design.

What is your favorite thing to do during your down time/recreation time?  By Sr. Mary Rose Bratlien, T.O.R., Mission Advancement Director

For recreation, I enjoy spending time with my Sisters playing various games or doing activities together such as enjoying the beauty of nature or tending to the animals on our ‘farm’ property. I also love being alone with God, playing and writing music, and learning new praise music in order to praise our awesome God.

Sr. Mary Rose looking out at the monastery
Sr. Mary Rose looking out at the monastery

Find out more about the sisters on their website: Franciscan Sisters, Third Order Regular, of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother, and on Facebook.

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Interview with Sr. Mary Beth Kozlowski, SDSH: Year of Consecrated Life

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Today we continue our series in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life with our ninth interview. A friend of mine introduced me to Sr. Mary Beth Kozlowski of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and I was very pleased to have her agree to an interview. Sr. Mary Beth is currently living in Taiwan doing mission work with her community. I really enjoyed reading about her community and I ope you do to. All in God’s plan, we also happen to be sharing this interview during the month that the Sacred Heart Sisters are celebrating 75 years since their founding. Perfect timing! Please continue reading to learn more about Sr. Mary Beth and the Sacred Heart Sisters.

What is your name?

Sister Mary Beth Kozlowski, SDSH

What is the name of your order and what is your order’s particular charism?

Name of our order: Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sister Mary Beth KCharism: Quoting our foundress, Servant of God Sister Ida Peterfy, “Our devotion to the Sacred Heart is a personal, ardent love for the Son of God who showed for the love of the Father in a human form, that, united with Him, we may return the infinite love of God with a love befitting Him, a love enkindled by His Holy Spirit and given to us as a free gift.”  (Constitutions #2)  

We are a religious community with a family spirit. Our communal and prayer life is the source from which our apostolic love flows. Our primary concern is to bring people to a personal encounter with God who is Love, so that they too would desire to be united with Him. We do this primarily through catechetical work in parishes, guiding children and youth as they prepare to receive the Sacraments, directing RCIA programs, giving retreats to people of all ages, conducting summer faith camp programs for families, children and youth, offering Catholic Leadership Training for high school and college aged women and a variety of other such works, bringing the Good News of the Gospel to others. Our catechetical apostolate is complemented by medical work in mission countries such as Taiwan, where I currently serve as a missionary.

How did you know God was calling you to this life?

I knew many priests and religious sisters growing up. They made a positive impact on my life. Through their words and the words of the Sunday readings at Mass I heard Jesus say to me again and again: “Follow Me!” Sometimes the invitation also came in unexpected ways, for example, when shopping in a department store or driving somewhere, I would hear one of my favorite popular songs, sensing it was really Jesus singing those words to me via the radio. Over the years, several teachers and significant adults said to me: “You should think about being a nun.” God extended His desire for me to follow Him through them as well. The encouragement I received from my parents and family members was also a great support.  

The key to accepting my vocation was the realization that, for me, the best way to be truly happy would be to share with others the many blessings I had received, the most significant being the gift of faith.

Tell us a bit about what your day-to-day life is like.

My day begins with an hour of contemplation and praying the Breviary. I attend morning Mass with my Sisters in our convent or in a local parish church. After breakfast, I head to the Catechetical Center where I serve together with another one of our Sisters, and spend the day meeting with catechists and volunteers, planning programs and activities, conducting formation courses for various groups, creating catechetical resources, giving workshops and teaching our faith in a variety of situations.   

At the end of the day, I return home and have dinner with the other members of my local community. We take turns cooking, so once a week I also have the joy of preparing and serving a delicious meal for my Sisters. After dinner and saying together the Evening Prayer of the Church, there is time for spiritual reading and quiet reflection to end the day.   

Saturdays are spent doing a variety of things that support our life in common. These include performing some household chores, going grocery shopping, running errands, visiting benefactors, attending weddings, or joining in prayer with those who are sick or suffering the loss of a loved one. In our life, no two days are alike. We have a general schedule that insures that we have time for all the spiritual practices that foster our Consecrated Religious Life, however, God orchestrates each day, so there are always new opportunities and unexpected events that challenge me as well as surprise me with boundless joy and amazement as I see the plan of God unfold with each incoming phone call, visitor at the door, person I meet at the market, or student I encounter in the classroom.

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Sr. Mary Beth with some of her sisters in Taiwan.

We honor Sunday as the Day of the Lord by joining our local parish family for the celebration of the Eucharist, the high point of our day. Here in Taiwan, Sunday is also our Community Day. (Different local communities designate different days for this, depending on our apostolic schedule). Spread across the various Sundays of any given month, we have community meetings, shared prayer, occasional outings, celebrate one another’s Feast days (Patron Saint’s day), engage in Skype visits with our Sisters in other parts of the world, and also visit, call, or write family members and friends.

What advice would you give to someone considering a consecrated religious life?

For any young person considering or struggling to accept a call from God to enter the seminary or a religious order, my advice to you is to visit a Marian Church in your area. Spend some quiet time there and listen to your heart. You will know what God wants you to do. Don’t be afraid to take that first and necessary “leap of faith,” as Mary did. After all, it is due to her initial yes to God that we each have the possibility of making Christ’s presence more visible in our world today.

What does it mean to you that Pope Francis has dedicated this year (Nov. 30, 2014-February 2, 2016) as a Year of Consecrated Life?

Pope Francis’ designation of this year to Consecrated Religious Life is a personal invitation for me to live my vocation with even greater generosity and wholeheartedness. It means a great deal that during this time of reflection, the entire Church is united in prayer, in rejoicing and in gratitude for the manifold ways Consecrated persons witness to the gospel, bring light and goodness to others, and radiate the love of the Heart of Christ to the world.

What is your favorite thing to do during your down time/recreation time?

I enjoy recreation time with our Sisters, going on outings as a local community, riding bikes or taking a nature walk in the mountains or at the beach, playing games together and making greeting cards and handmade gifts for our family members, community friends and benefactors.

For more information, please visit Sacred Heart Sisters.

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Interview with Sr. Anne Joan, FSP: Year of Consecrated Life

Interview graphicLast month I wrote about the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life and promised that I would be interviewing men and women in religious/consecrated life in the coming months. This month I bring you the first of those interviews. I had the privilege of chatting with Sr. Anne Joan, FSP. Read on to hear about her life as a consecrated religious sister.

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Sr. Anne Joan, FSP

What is your name?
My baptismal name is Anne. We keep our baptismal name and have the option to add a new one. This practice highlights that the religious consecration is built on the baptismal consecration. In all the years I’ve been in religious life, only one sister opted not to add a new name.

My profession name is Sister Anne Joan. Sister Joan Mary, a much beloved sister, died when I was a novice, and since she was the first American Daughter of St Paul to finish her life’s journey, the death made a deep impression on the community. And so when it came time, Mother Paula had it at heart to honor Sister’s memory by keeping her name alive in some way. I was pretty indifferent about the name until my 25th anniversary when I decided that the “Joan” (a feminine version of John) connected me to one of my great heroes, John the Baptist, so now I celebrate his (two) feast days as my feast days.

So my full name is Sister Anne Joan Flanagan, FSP
FSP= Filiae Sancti Pauli (Daughters of St Paul, in Latin)

What is the name of your order and what is your order’s particular charism?

We started in northern Italy 100 years ago without a name, but with a great devotion to St Paul and to the goal of evangelizing the world through communications media. In 1918, during the community’s first experience running a newspaper, the local townsfolk (who missed no details) started calling the young women “le figlie di San Paolo” (the young women associated with St Paul) and it stuck. So the name really does express our charism: to let St Paul continue his evangelizing mission of bringing Jesus to people wherever they might find him (even in their pocket!). SOON SOON SOON we will release a documentary about our Founder and what the Holy Spirit did through him for the New Evangelization, way back when nobody (but the Founder) was talking about a “new evangelization,” and hardly anyone was even talking about evangelization.

How did you know God was calling you to this life?

When I was applying for college, my goal was to study communications so I could do something to help give the Church a voice in the media. (I felt that the Catholic Church was not particularly effective in that field, with the one exception of Bishop Sheen.) Then one Saturday I accompanied my mom to the Daughters of St Paul bookstore in our New Orleans suburb, and as she scoped out the rosary bracelets, I was stacking up some good reading. The sister at the front desk noticed this (teenaged girl with a foot high stack of books!) and commented, “You know, we sisters print some of these books ourselves.” (It was true: the nuns had printing presses and bindery equipment in the novitiate house.) I shrugged it off with a “That’s nice.” Her next words gave me goosebumps (and still do!): “It’s our mission to put the media at the service of the Church.”

What?! I’m not the only person on the planet who wants to do this?! There are other people who have the same desire that I do? That are already organized and active? I can have Jesus and the media in one life, and not have to decide between one and the other? This is the life for me!

A year later I was filling out the entrance papers.

I still marvel at how the Holy Spirit inspired that sister to use those precise terms to express the Pauline vocation. It still makes me want to jump up and give my life to such a mission.

Tell us a bit about what your day-to-day life is like.

It starts way too early for my comfort, but what can you do? That’s the best time to pray! I get to chapel at 5:30 and make my Hour of Adoration before community morning prayers and Mass. The Hour of Adoration is our characteristic prayer, dating back, you could say, to our Founder’s initial experience of his call at age 16, when he spent the night between the 19th and 20th centuries in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. He always said, “You were born of the Eucharist.”

In a monastic community, the pattern of life itself is part of the community’s mission. For an apostolic community like ours, the mission determines how the day unfolds. Although the community schedule is pretty basic (Morning Prayer at 6:40, Mass at 7:00 followed by breakfast; community lunch at 12:30; Evening Prayer at 6:15 followed by supper), each sister fills in the rest according to the demands of her assignment in the mission. The sisters who run the bookstore, for example, have their schedule written for them by the fact that the store has to open and close on set hours! On Thursdays we have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after Mass until the end of Evening Prayer, and take turns through the day for adoration. The characteristic “Pauline” note here is that the Bible is also exposed as a sign that it is one and the same Jesus, in the Eucharist and in the Word, that we adore, proclaim and lead people to whether through our direct apostolate or by our prayer.

After breakfast, I usually head for my office here in the publishing house/convent (“Pauline Books & Media” is the publishing house “expression” of the Daughters of St Paul). I have only been assigned here since Thanksgiving (after 12 years in Chicago and 6 months in England), so I don’t quite have an “Ordinary Time” pattern to my work yet. I assist with our website which is a kind of multiple-site serving the publishing house, the online bookstore, the community site with links for discerners, lay collaborators, spirituality, etc. We have a couple of new apps coming down the pipeline, and I’ll be learning how to work on those.Then there’s social media…right now I am collaborating with our sisters in Kenya, England and the Philippines on a project for Lent. There are a lot of things to juggle! I have a couple of other side projects, too, but I haven’t figured out how to fit them in.

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From a 2013 Christmas Concert

Throughout the day sisters pop in (or text!) with questions or ideas or (just happened!) chocolate!!! Sometimes unusual requests come in: “Sisters, we need ten volunteers in the recording studio to pray the Rosary…” “Are you free to help take inventory of the stockroom?” “Can you write a 700-word reflection for this book? We need it in two weeks…” (I have contributed reflections to our whole “Lectio Divina” series, and also wrote a small book of Holy Hours and a Way of the Cross for middle-school children.)

Our Boston community is quite large; in fact, it is composed of three communities for a total of about 75 sisters (the sisters mostly involved in the publishing house are one community; the senior sisters, especially those with special healthcare needs, form another community with their own superior and schedule; our Provincial Superior and her council are a distinct community as well), but the three communities share breakfast and lunch.

After lunch I should take a nice walk, and maybe I will when the ice goes away. (As a native of New Orleans I do not get along well with ice, or cold, or winter itself as a matter of fact.) For now I check the mailroom (any real mail?) and read the paper before going back to chapel for a half-hour. I get another half-hour of free time with Jesus before Evening Prayer and supper, and then help wash the supper dishes.

On Saturday I see a lot less of my office, though I do manage to do some odd jobs there. Mostly Saturday is dedicated to housecleaning—if you call a “house” a complex of five massive buildings! We also sign up for cooking turns for Saturday supper. The rest of the week we have a professional kitchen staff, so that all of the sisters who are able to can focus their talents and energies directly on the mission. (So far, I have not volunteered to coordinate a Saturday supper, but I have helped chop vegetables… I have a ways to go before I will be ready to use industrial kitchen equipment to cook for 80 people!) Many weekends there are book fairs in parishes, so we have the opportunity to join the exhibit team to visit the parishes and help people find the books and media that best meet their needs.

Most evenings, my energy is pretty well depleted by the time the supper dishes are done, so my day ends with a good book (currently a massive biography of Blessed Pope Paul VI) and sweet dreams.

What advice would you give to someone considering a consecrated religious life?

Discernment is about discovering where God knows you will best be able to live life to the full. If you feel attracted to a life of consecration, explore it! But it starts with prayer. If you don’t have a regular prayer life yet, work on that and let God do the rest!

What does it mean to you that Pope Francis has dedicated this year (Nov. 30, 2014-February 2, 2016) as a Year of Consecrated Life?

It is especially significant to me because this year the Daughters of St Paul mark the 100th anniversary of their existence, and I mark the 40th anniversary of my entrance into the community! It is a huge invitation to renew and hopefully increase my availability to Jesus.

What is your favorite thing to do during your down time/recreation time?

I am stationed with several superb singers here (we are part of the Daughters of St Paul recording choir), and now that Ordinary Time has come, we plan to form an a cappella group, focusing mostly on Renaissance polyphony (but other musical genres as well). I am looking forward to that getting underway, and already sent the sisters music for the lovely (and decidedly contemporary) “Anima Christi” by Father Marco Frisina. Another group of sisters is talking about organizing line dancing, which I love (despite having two left feet). I also love to cook (although…it’s a lot less intimidating to cook in a small kitchen for a community of five!); I want to pick up cross-stitch again, and I still love to read.

If you are interested in learning more about the Daughter’s of St. Paul, you can visit their vocational website HERE.

A selection of items Sr. Anne has written or contributed to:

And check out the offerings from the Daughter’s of St. Paul Choir HERE.

Thank you, Sr. Anne for taking the time to share your vocation with us! If you want to follow Sr. Anne on Twitter (which she loves!) you can find her at @nunblogger.

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Finding My Path to Holiness

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.::This story first posted on November 11, 2011 – it was *so* good, we just had to repost it!::

Hello, Catholic Sistas  –  from a Catholic Sister! When Martina invited me to do a guest post, she had two aims in mind: to help the Dominican Sisters of Mary get the word out about our new and growing community, and to help shed light on the mystery of religious life in today’s culture.  After much thought and prayer, it seemed best to simply share my vocation story, my own personal journey to accepting God’s call to be consecrated to Him as a Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.  So here goes:

I stared at the simple white host in the monstrance and waited. It was silent and still in the small, brick building that served as a perpetual adoration chapel on the campus of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.  It was an ideal place for listening, and that’s what I was there to do.  I was in the middle of a crisis of sorts, and I had come to present my problem to the Lord and beg Him to show me the way.

Everything in my life was going so well. I had every reason to be happy. And yet I was not at peace.  Deep in my heart, I knew something wasn’t right, but I couldn’t figure out what it was.

It was like this.  From my first few weeks on campus, I’d witnessed couples going to Mass together, praying together, respecting one another as I’d never seen before and helping one another grow in holiness.

I wanted that. I was afraid to admit it to myself, but I wanted it. I wanted to be one of those sought after women, one of the lucky few who met her husband at Franciscan. And with the ratio of men to women on that campus being what it was (made even smaller by the large number of men removed from the dating pool because they were actively discerning the priesthood), my chances seemed slim indeed.

And then it happened. I met this great guy. He was so easy to be with, and so much fun. And, wonders of wonders, he wanted to be with me! But as our relationship progressed, I became more and more restless. I was not at peace.

How could this be wrong?  That was what I couldn’t understand. Our relationship was pure and holy.  It was based on a great friendship. How in the world could there be anything wrong with that?

As I continued to gaze at my Lord, really present before me in the Blessed Sacrament, light began to break in on my understanding.  A phrase from a vocation pamphlet I’d picked up a couple of years ago flittered through my mind.

“When you discover how God intends you to become holy, you discover your vocation in life.”

Slowly, slowly, it became clear. There wasn’t anything wrong with my relationship with this man. It was good.  But the reason I wasn’t at peace with it, the reason I couldn’t say “yes” to it was that it wasn’t my personal path to holiness.  God intended me to become holy in another way.

I saw clearly that I was not meant to love this one man and the children we might be blessed with one day. My heart was made to be fully given to Christ and open to embracing all people as my children.

This idea of belonging completely to Christ wasn’t new to me. I had experienced a deep, personal conversion to Christ as a teenager, and during my senior year of high school, I began to have a growing desire to give my whole life to Him.

The problem was, I didn’t know what to do about this desire.  I had been raised Catholic and had been taught by a few Sisters during elementary school and high school, but at the time, I didn’t know any young people who were considering a religious vocation.  I honestly thought religious life was a thing of the past, something to look back on with nostalgia while watching movies like The Bells of St. Mary’s.

But from my first few months at Franciscan University, I not only witnessed Catholic couples dating in accord with God’s plan for love and marriage, I also met people my age open to discerning a religious vocation, and, for the first time, I met vibrantly joyful consecrated women radically loving Christ and living the Gospel.  Yes, I wanted to be part of the “dating scene” at Franciscan, but I found myself even more strongly attracted by the witness of these women who had made a total gift of themselves to Christ.

It just seemed so strange that the Lord would call ME to be a sister.  But I knew that He was. I couldn’t deny it. And I had to be honest. It wasn’t going to be as difficult as it might have been to give up this relationship with this great guy, because I had never really given my heart to him. I had surrendered my heart to Christ as a teenager, and it was as if He came to claim it for His own that night in the adoration chapel.

There was no reason to be afraid. I wasn’t being asked to love less, but more; the Lord wanted me to give up something good only for the sake of something better.

My experience in the chapel was a real turning point in my discernment, but it wasn’t the end of my journey.  After discovering how God intended me to become holy, I still had to find out where I was meant to live out this call.  The Lord continued to lead me and, after spending time with consecrated women from several different communities, and after several visits to convents and a couple of retreats, I knew God was inviting me to follow my path to holiness as a Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

**Sr. Elizabeth Ann, O.P., entered the Dominican Sisters of Mary in the Jubilee Year 2000. Prior to coming to Texas, Sister taught fourth grade social studies in Michigan and adult faith formation in California. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist is a Roman Catholic community of women religious based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The community was founded in the Dominican tradition to spread the witness of religious life in accord with Pope John Paul II’s vision for a new evangelization.  The Dominican Sisters came to Austin in 2009 to assist in the work of Catholic education and to establish a priory of their community in Central Texas.

To learn more about the Dominican Sisters and their plans to expand to Texas, visit www.sistersofmary.org/expansion.**