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. 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! 

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