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 2016!
People might be surprised to know that I was voted "most
likely to be a nun" by my senior class in my public high school which was
a shock to me! I didn't consider
religious life until I was 21 years old and sitting in the church one day when
a religious sister just asked me, "Have you ever thought about becoming a
nun?" I immediately said, "No.
I want to get married and have children."
God delights in surprising us!
She planted the seed that day and six years later I became an IBVM with
great joy and peace.Sister Christa Parra
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
People might be surprised to know that I considered religious
life as a junior in High School but put it off. I wanted to mature and grow
both in age and in faith to give a definitive answer to the Lord.Maximilian Avila, OFM Conv.
Order of Friars Minor ConventualProvince
of Our Lady of the Angels
People might be surprised to know that I wanted to be a wife
and mother. Jesus took this desire and
raised it to Himself by being himself, its fulfillment. He made me His bride and gave me a heart open
to become the spiritual mother of all whom I encounter and pray for.
Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of
People might be surprised to know that I wanted to become an
architect but at the same time I found my vocation at 12 while playing
/celebrating mass with my friends in my room.
I knew that I wanted to live in community but the Church was persecuted
in Cuba and we had no religious around.
Order of Saint Benedict
Abbey of Newark (Newark Abbey)
People might be surprised to know that I play the trumpet. I
played throughout middle school and high school and now continue to play as a
religious sister, especially on Solemnities and Feast Days. Psalm 150:3,6: O
Praise Him with sound of trumpet...let everything that lives and that breathes
give praise to the Lord!
Sister Teresa Morlok, O.C.D.
Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred
Heart Carmel, Alhambra, California
People might be surprised to know that I decided to become a
Salesian and joined the consecrated life. I never thought about a vocation
until I began to work for the young people and especially the poorest. The love of God inspired me to follow Jesus
and to serve the young people.
Salesians of Don Bosco
Province of Saint Andrew the Apostle, USA West
People might be surprised to know that my missionary vocation
started selling bananas. When I was 9 or 10 years old I loved to sell
bananas, going to the houses of the people of my town. Visiting people in their
homes caused me much joy and if someone did not have money to buy I gave
bananas. I returned home without bananas and without money. As a Franciscan Missionary visiting people in
their homes is the most I like to do.
Sister Isabel Berrones
Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota
People might be surprised to know that I earned a black belt
in Tae Kwon Do before I was a teenager.
I have forgotten most of it now, but it gave me an appreciation and love
of languages and cultures different than my own.
James Smith, C.PP.S.
Missionaries of the Precious Blood