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 2018!
Sr. Monica Marie Currie
Sisters of Life
"People might be suprised to know that I had never met a religious sister growing up. After encountering a visiting sister speak at Mass one Sunday, my world was turned upside down as she invited all those called to "just say yes!" I knew that instant that the possiblity of a whole new way of life was opening up before me, that this way was what my heart and love was made for."
Sr. Misty Garriga
Congregation of Divine Providence
"People might be surprised to know that I was dating someone when I decided to discern religious life. I realized I could not ignore God's tug and invitation any longer. I am grateful for this life and look forward to the adventure of living out my vows."
Sr. Jessica Kerber
Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, US Province
"People might be surprised to know that I was baptized Catholic but not raised in the faith, and participated in RCIA when I was 15. I met our Sisters on a volunteer trip to El Salvador, trying to discern a lay missionary vocation. It was the way these sisters lived and for whom they lived that awoke something more deep within me."
Br. Antony Milton
Orders of the Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Joseph Capuchin Province of the Midwest US
"People might be surpised to know that I was inspired by the active patrol ministries of my parish priest to our villagers at the age of 9. I just wanted to be like him."
Rev. Ricardo Rivera-Ortiz
Piarist Fathers, Province of the United States and Puerto Rico
"People might be surprised to know that I am an artist! Before entering the Seminary, I got a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts (paint) in the University of Puerto Rico and also I'm a professional singer. But the Lord called me to be a religious with the mission to educate children and youth following the example of Jesus and our founder St. Joseph Calasanz."
Sr. Mary Therese Perez
Dominican Sisters of Mision San Jose
"People might be surprised to know that I love playing drums. Since starting four years ago, the drums have taught me about listening deeply, holding lightly, finding joy in perseverance, and letting God use my gifts in unexpected ways."
Br. Marius Strom
Third Order Regular of Saint Francis of Assisi of Penance, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
"People might be surprised to know that I was studying aeronautical engineering prior to joining the Franciscans! Now, six years and a master's degree later, I'm teaching engineering as a Franciscan friar at Saint Francis University."