On August 22, the feast of the Queenship of Mary, we welcomed our new, radiant Postulants! As we recall our Lady’s “fiat” in response to God’s call to her, we praise God for the “yes” each of these young ladies has given to the Father’s invitation.
Sr. Christi | Fowler, MI | 18 Years Old
I was raised by wonderful Catholic parents, and in eighth grade, I experienced a conversion that brought me even closer to Christ. I yearned to know Him more deeply. He met that desire in the last way I would have expected! One winter afternoon, during my freshman year of high school, my dad told us to load up a trailer of wood to deliver to some Sisters. I was in a bad mood when we pulled into the parking lot, and in order for me to cool down, my dad sent me to the front of the convent alone to let the Sisters know we had arrived. When the door opened, I was speechless. I was floored by the beauty of the Sister who stood before me. The rest of our time in that little convent passed like a dream. As we were leaving, I felt words whispered into my heart, “Would you live this for me?”. I never doubted that this was the Lord, and I answered honestly, “I don’t know Lord, but I will find out.”. Four years have passed, and after much prayer, I have finally been able to say yes to His question. I will live this life for Him!
Sr. Natalie | Woodbridge, VA | 19 Years Old
It all began when I first received my first Holy Communion in 2nd grade. My mom always had a time slot in the adoration chapel by my school and so when school got out, I would join her in adoration. One day while sitting in the chapel, I heard the words “Come to me” in my heart, and I knew it was the Lord talking to me. I was still young, however, and brushed it off not knowing what that meant. As time went on, I began getting this deep desire for religious life that kept getting stronger and stronger and I was unable to brush it off, and then suddenly it clicked; the Lord had meant, “Come to me and be my bride.” I had always wanted to be a teacher, so the Dominicans had always been a favorite of mine since they were teachers. I had been taught by the Nashville Dominicans my whole life and they had a great impact on me through all the years and so I began discerning with them. Eventually, as time went on, the Lord helped me to open my eyes and He aided me in realizing that I would be even more filled with joy and happiness with another Dominican Order. Now, priests and close friends had always told me to check out the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist for a while, but I was always stubborn to do so since I was so set on the Nashville Dominicans, but since the Lord closed the door with them, I finally decided to check out the Dominicans Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist. It was the best decision of my life. I completed the virtual retreat in February and that’s all it took. I fell in love with the Sisters and my heart had finally ceased to be restless. The personalities of the Sisters strongly resonated with me. The amount of peace I felt was like none other knowing that I had finally found the Community in which the Lord always wanted me to live my life consecrated to Him!
Sr. Lauren | Findlay, OH | 20 Years Old
I had always felt an inkling of a call to Religious Life, but for many years was too afraid to even consider making such a leap. But as my relationship with God grew, my desire for intimate union with Him grew as well, and by junior year of high school, I knew there could be no other path that would satisfy me than Religious Life. I began researching Communities and fell in love with them one night in Adoration during my senior year of high school, I felt the Lord inviting me to drop my nets and follow Him. This, however, was not in my plan at that time. Somewhat begrudgingly, I started to Google various religious communities trying to silence the constant nagging feeling in my heart. I stumbled across a website for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, and immediately closed it again when I realized it was everything I was looking for. I pushed the idea aside to focus on my plan because that’s what I thought would make me happy. On the bus ride back to campus at Walsh University from a retreat, there was an announcement from my home parish in Findlay, Ohio, stating that DSMME would be starting a new mission there in August 2020. When I read this, my heart sunk to the pit of my stomach. In that moment, I remembered opening their website and felt God’s push for me to seriously consider religious life. Fast forward a year when as a sophomore at Walsh, I went to visit the Sisters in Findlay and pray with them. While there, I had a very peaceful feeling of home, and I didn’t want to leave. After conversations with many amazing spiritual mentors, especially, Fr. Peter Grodi, Fr. Louis Bertrand Lemoine O.P., and Ben Walther, and much, much more prayer, I knew that my heart would not be complete if I stuck to my plans. With Mary’s help and intercession, I gave my Fiat and dropped my nets to follow Him. I cannot wait to see where this adventure of surrender takes me and all of my beautiful Sisters!
Sr. Anna Guadalupe | Huntsville, AL | 20 Years Old
Although I have felt drawn toward Religious Life since kindergarten, it wasn’t until college that I really grew in my faith and was convicted of God’s immense love for me and His desire to have an intimate relationship. As I grew closer to God, the thought of Religious Life kept coming up, and that is when I really began to discern God’s Will for my life. I desperately wanted to know what it was but received no clear answer. Shortly after I invited the Blessed Virgin Mary into my discernment and made the consecration to Jesus through Mary, I had my answer! While at a first Friday Mass, in the silence of my heart Jesus proposed, and I basically said “Yes… but not now” and continued on with the plans I had for my life. Not long after, the restlessness began which I ignored thinking it would go away, but it just got stronger the more I avoided it. I finally took it to prayer, and long story short, I fully surrendered my plans to Him and felt such peace and joy. He would eventually ask me to leave everything behind and follow Him with all my heart in a beautiful Community over 600 miles away and before finishing college. I didn’t know how it was going to work out, but I trusted Him, and now I am here! Be not afraid, and as our Blessed Mother said, “Do whatever He tells you.” A special thanks to St. Joseph and everyone who has supported me on this incredible and exciting journey!
Sr. Chloe | Ontario, Canada | 22 Years Old
I grew up in a devout Catholic family, and from a young age, I felt called to religious life. On my first discernment retreat with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, I felt a strong sense of joy and peace and it felt like home. I discerned that God was calling me to enter with the Sisters, however, Sr. Joseph Andrew suggested that I spend time at home caring for my mom who has brain cancer. In the spring of 2020, my mom’s health started to deteriorate at a rapid pace, and everyone thought that she only had a few more weeks to live. I thought that I would enter the Dominican Sisters in 2020, but with my mom’s worsening situation, it became evident that I would need to wait another year. My mom was placed on a steroid medication which caused her condition to stabilize. In the spring of 2021, Sr. Joseph Andrew emailed me asking if I was going to enter that year, to which I decided to take the leap of faith, and say, “yes!” Shortly after I made this decision, my mom had an MRI scan of her brain tumor, and the results showed that the tumor had miraculously shrunk by about 40%! This miracle revealed that if I have faith and trust in God, He will take care of everything!
Sr. Grace Catherine | Yonkers, NY | 22 Years Old
I was fascinated with religious life from an early age. I remember being enthralled with the story of St. Catherine of Siena, my patron saint, particularly with her mystical marriage to Christ. But, I did not take any serious steps to discern my vocation until I was in college. I attended the Catholic University of America, where several Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist were also studying! In November of my junior year, two of my friends convinced me to join them on a discernment retreat at the Motherhouse in Ann Arbor. To my surprise, I was still intrigued by the life of the Sisters. I left the retreat with more questions than answers and resolved to return for another retreat in February. After the February retreat, I was more convinced I had a religious vocation, but I felt I needed more time to discern. In the way only He can, God answered my prayer for more time for reflection and discernment. Less than a month later, the COVID-induced quarantine of 2020 began. In the months that followed, I continued to pray, discern, and grow in self-knowledge. The Lord showed me that my increasing desires for study and the Eucharist would be fulfilled in the life of a Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. I asked for application papers and was overjoyed to be accepted to pre-postulancy. When I returned to the Motherhouse, I was filled with peace and I knew I wanted to spend my life with these Sisters as, together, we set the world afire and run towards eternal life with Christ!
Sr. Catherine | Coldwater, OH | 23 Years Old
I did not even consider religious life as an option until high school when I was asked what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. My oldest brother, Fr. Peter, had been in the seminary for a few years at this point, and his pursuit of the priesthood was the first tangible example I had that Religious come from somewhere. I never saw Sisters growing up and had no idea what it meant to be one. I was deeply afraid that a life totally devoted to God would be a life that asked me to change into a quieter, more ‘boring’ version of myself. Little did I know that God is truly the least boring person in all of creation and makes our lives fuller and a Sister more vibrantly herself! A few years later while I was a student at the Ohio State University, I took an internship with the Little Sisters of the Poor at their nursing home and convent in the Bronx. It was there that I prayed about my vocation in a deeper way and became more and more sure that consecrated life was the only thing that would ever fully satisfy me. Though I was fond of the Little Sisters, I knew I had not quite found the community I would call home. My heart yearned to embrace the call of the New Evangelization and explore the option of teaching. From there, it did not take me long to find and fall in love with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.
Sr. Heather | Keene, NH | 32 Years Old
My vocation journey has been long and somewhat arduous, but it is a story marked by God’s great patience, fidelity, and generosity. I grew up in a cradle Catholic family. It was not until I traveled to Australia for World Youth Day in 2008 that I remember first encountering a young Religious Sister. She was fully alive and on fire, and I was captivated. I placed the thought aside as I headed off to college, but it remained a question mark that never quite left me. This seed, planted years before, began to sprout in graduate school, and I entered the workforce in 2016 with a desire for religious life deeply rooted in my heart. At my Pastor’s installation in 2017, I experienced Jesus inviting me to bind myself totally to Him through religious life. I began discerning more intentionally with invaluable help from my spiritual director, Joy Davis, and a couple years later, my pastor, Fr. Alan Tremblay, suggested I look into the Sisters of Mary. He counseled me to entrust my vocation to Mary and pray the Memorare daily for her intercession. Our Lady made it clear I was to follow the signposts to the Sisters and inspired my prayer, “Not my will, Lord; Yours,” as I walked through each new door on my way towards acceptance into this community. Saint Pope John Paul II once stated, “Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure” – and oh, how excited I am to be embarking on this next leg of the journey!