Everyone loves a good story! When I first began to think about religious life, I would love to listen to the vocation stories of different Sisters. Whenever I would meet a new Sister, I always eventually asked about her vocation story - or found some way of articulating the famous, "when did you know” question. Although every story was unique, there were also similarities. One such similarity was usually the presence of an occasion or a person that sparked an internal knowing, passion, or curiosity in the person's life about the idea of becoming a Sister. Sharing the stories of our lives as Sisters helps to inspire and promote the viability of religious life among young women growing up in the 21st century.
Each year an important part of the Ministry of Welcome - Vocation Team is to try and visit with young women in various schools, colleges, or universities to talk about religious life, and to help students understand what it means to live the life of a vowed religious. We especially try to visit the founded schools of our congregation. Our most recent visit took us to St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School in Memphis, Tennessee. Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP, and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with the young women who are juniors at St. Agnes Academy. We also had the pleasure of celebrating National Catholic Schools Week with them at the all school Mass. As an added treat, we were able to enjoy some of the local Memphis cuisine and a trip to the National Civil Rights Museum.
St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School in Memphis celebrates not only excellent academics, but also an outstanding record of community service. Meeting with the young women in the junior classes of St. Agnes Academy was an enriching experience as we shared our vocation stories, talked about being a Sister in general, and about the Dominican Sisters of Peace in particular. We also talked in general about prayer and using good discernment skills, which are both invaluable for young people who are making decisions about the rest of their life.
The career options for young women today are limited only by their imagination. As vocation ministers, it is a great privilege to participate in expanding those options to include service to God and the people of God as a Sister. Are you being called to a possible "career" with us? If your answer is yes, click here.