I used to think religious life was only a life of praying and serving people and certainly didn’t involve science. But then, I accepted a job in the scientific research field as a research assistant three months before I entered religious life in 2000. Eight years later as a religious sister, I still worked in research and felt that research work was boring and wasted my time and energy. I believed I should put my energy and time into helping people, and I felt guilty that I was not doing that. Many times I wanted to quit doing research. I was like Jonah in the Bible trying not to be the messenger of God to the people of Nineveh (Jonah 1).
Do you dream of doing something more with your life? Are you longing for deeper meaning and sometimes feel that there is more to life than what you are currently doing? Maybe God is inviting you to explore becoming a Dominican Sister of Peace. Share your gifts with others who want to make a difference in the world. For more information, contact us to begin a conversation.
How do you get along with those who think and act differently from you?
Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days at our lake house in Columbus, Ohio. The weather was beautiful, and I was so excited when I saw not only the usual geese and deer, but also the arrival of seagulls. I had not seen seagulls in Columbus before, and I thought this was incredible. Continue reading →
What is the best decision you have ever made? How did you know? What is the worst decision you have ever made? Do you have any insights about what happened in the discernment of these decisions? There’s a pretty good chance that the difference was in the discernment process – or the lack of discernment – in the decision making process. Continue reading →
“Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” Frederick Buechner
This week, Srs. Pat Dual, Cathy Arnold and I had the honor of giving a short program on Discernment to the youth and young adult ministers for the Diocese of Columbus, OH. While preparing for this program I had ample time to reflect on my own discernment journey – its ups and downs and some of the companions I met on my journey. Continue reading →
Having been invited to represent the Dominican Sisters of Peace at the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in the Indianapolis Conference Center, I had no idea what I would encounter.
As a representative of our congregation, I became a “team member” of a group of six Catholic sisters, which included Franciscan and St Joseph sisters from Pennsylvania. While some congregations rented tables to display information about their congregation, we were part of a new feature setup by the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) office in a large conference room which was listed as the “Inspiration Nook,” right next to the main chapel. Teams of six religious sisters, brothers and priests working for vocations could register to make “The Nook” their “home place,” displaying congregational information on the tables that were along the walls in this room. Continue reading →