We asked some of our newly professed men and women religious to tell us something about themselves that others might find surprising. Their answers below provide some insight to how each discovered their vocational call. Congratulations to the Profession Class of 2013!
"People might be surprised to know that I loved beautiful clothes, playing sports, and could always be found with a baby in my arms at family gatherings - so it came as quite a surprise to my family and friends when I announced that I would be entering a religious community! I initially entered religious life hoping to give something to God in return for the many gifts He had given to me. I now realize that my vocation is His greatest gift, and I am more in His debt than ever!" — Sister Mary Regina Whitney, OPDominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
"People might be surprised to know that I have few Catholic friends outside of the friars and those that I have met at parishes and religious life. My non-Catholic friends greatly encouraged me in my vocation to the Dominican friars. "— Brother Francis Orozco, O.P., Order of Friars Preachers, Province of St. Martin de Porres
"People might be surprised to know that I am blessed that one of my brothers is a priest. I have taken courses in seven foreign languages and enjoy playing tennis and volleyball and watching football. I was a software developer/systems analyst before entering religious life and I am so happy that I have answered God's call." — Sister Barbara O'Kane, Religious Teachers Filippini, St. Lucy Province
"People might be surprised to know that I instinctively knew I was called to belong totally to God at a young age, before I had ever heard of such a thing as religious life, and despite the fact that I had never known any Sisters. I never went to Catholic school, never saw religious, and there was no youth group at my church, so my calling was almost all an internal journey without personal experience. This calling was confirmed and strengthened by a parish priest when I was in high school, who encouraged me to go to daily Mass, adoration, and to develop a life of intimate prayer with our Lord, and who introduced me to my current community." — Sister Amata Christi Lippert, O.P.Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
"People might be surprised to know that I love to hike (especially to the top of mountains) and I used to backpack in the Sierras before I entered. I experience the profound love of God who knows the intimate corners of my heart each time I contemplate His invitation calling me to Carmel, to MOUNT Carmel...to the ascent to union with Him. He uses EVERYTHING to draw us to Himself!" — Sister Marie-Aimee, OCD, Martorana Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
"People might be surprised to know that I was a member of the Ladies of St. Peter Claver for three years while attending Our Lady and St. Rose Parish. I also had the privilege to visit Cartagena, Colombia where St. Peter Claver ministered to the slaves on the slave ships as they arrived from Africa." — Sister Rejane M. Cytacki, Sisters of Charity of
"People might be surprised to
know that I am a mother and a grandmother."
— Sister Senaida Rivera,Sisters of St. Dominic,
Congregation of St. Thomas Aquinas