Dear friends, I would like to share a blog I wrote 5 years ago that I think is as relevant today as it was then. As I begin my 7th year in Vocation Ministry, I can say that God has indeed blessed me and continues to guide me each day of my life. Peace, Sr. June
Hi, my name is Sister June Fitzgerald and I am a Dominican Sister of Peace. I am new to this Ministry of WelcomeTeam (aka Vocation Ministry) and am excited to have the opportunity to invite women to consider Religious Life and to walk with them as they discern their call. I am blessed, grateful, and amazed that God chose me to do this work – actually, I am amazed that God called me to be a sister in the first place.
You see, I was not very religious growing up. Yes, we went to church and I had all of the sacraments but, that was basically it for me. I prayed to God when I needed something or was really sorry about something and didn’t know how to fix the mess I was in. I even read the Bible on occasion but had a difficult time getting past Genesis. Ever have that experience?
Then, I went to a Catholic College in Philadelphia and I had my first Catholic friends. These people knew all of the extra prayers in the back of the missal, had gone to catholic school and had attended something called a retreat!. To be honest I felt a little “unholy” around them but soon realized that although they’d been there and done that, they were pretty much like me. They too were trying to make it through college, have some fun, and see the world before we settled down. Figuring out how God might be calling me to live my life was not in the picture.
In college, I learned most of the prayers in the back of the missal and developed a personal relationship with God. I never thought ordinary people did such a thing! I began to pray and attend mass more regularly but, I was still unaware of the adventure that was before me.
After college I had it all figured out. I would get a job, live on my own, meet someone, get married and begin a family. However, a funny thing happened on the way to that dream. God began to interrupt my days, I began to wonder what my life was all about and I found myself going on a retreat. A retreat at the Dominican Retreat in McLean, VA with the Dominican Sisters. Then, I began to volunteer, attend more retreats, and even to show up at the house on weekdays to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass with them before I went to work. One day, my friend, Sr. Annette Lucero, asked me, “So when when are you going to join us?” . . . “Who, me?”
That little question began a whole new journey in my life. I didn’t know where it would lead but I knew that I needed to listen, pray, and trust God as I tried out this strange new way of life. If I didn’t try it, how would I ever know?
Some day, I’ll fill you in on the rest of this amazing journey. For now, I leave you with a prayer from Dag Hammarskjold, “For all that has been, Thanks. For all that will be, Yes!”
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