Our New Postulants
We wish a warm welcome to the sweet 16 young women who have just begun the great adventure of religious life! We are so blessed to have them join us in our 20th Anniversary year.
Columbus Grove, Ohio
Growing up in a strong Catholic home, my parents instilled in me the importance of discerning God’s Will for my life…
From a young age, Religious Life was very attractive to me. When my mother discovered the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist and told me about the Community, I was very interested and couldn’t wait to attend a discernment retreat. As soon as I was old enough, I attended a discernment retreat with the Sisters and was amazed at their joyful witness. Though I felt a yearning in my heart for Religious Life, I became very selfish with God and quickly allowed myself to become caught up in all that the world had to offer. I convinced myself that my plans were truly God’s Will and prepared to attend college and have a family one day. In April, a friend mentioned attending a discernment retreat with the Dominican Sisters and I agreed to go with her to verify my plans. It was during Eucharistic Adoration on this retreat when I experienced an overwhelming feeling that this was the place God had prepared for me. The Holy Spirit gave me the courage to give my “yes” to God and I am extremely grateful for His invitation! I am indebted to my parents and family for nurturing my vocation and giving me an enormous amount of love and support on this journey!
Traverse City, Michigan
Being raised in Catholicism but never claiming it as my own, it took me until my sophomore year in high school to realize the beauty of my Catholic faith…
Growing up, I had wonderful parents who loved Christ and shared Him intimately with me. I went to church every Sunday, prayed countless rosaries, and attended Catholic school for twelve years. However, I did all these things because my parents told me to. I didn’t take my faith into my own hands until I was sixteen. It was then that God gave me the grace to see the enormity of His sacrifice for me personally. I spent the next two years struggling to balance my sinfulness with God’s mercy. At the beginning of my senior year, I attended a Kairos retreat where God revealed that my problem was not my sins, but rather a lack of love in my heart. He gave me an abundance of grace and soon thereafter I met the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist on a Nun Run with the Diocese of Lansing. At their convent, my worries melted away, and a joyful peace entered my heart; I knew I was meant to be here the rest of my life. Upon entrance into the Community, the most exciting journey of my life began!
I had always felt amazed by Our Lord’s merciful presence in my life, and I knew that all I wanted to do was give Him my whole heart…
I received my call during Adoration while on a retreat. A deacon came around to light candles, which served as a reflection of our hearts on fire. As the deacon lit my candle, I had a sudden desire to let the world know of Christ’s glory, and to light all hearts on fire for Him. I offered myself to Christ and asked how I could do His Will. Images of the Sisters at my school flashed through my head, but I denied the thoughts and mistook them for distractions. But they were too persistent to ignore and I realized there were tears in my eyes: “Lord, is this your will?” An overflowing joy and a resounding “Yes!” flooded my heart, and I knew it was Christ speaking. I brought Him every doubt and He patiently subdued each one. I responded yes with all my heart, and was filled with peace concerning an unknown future. As Christ had already drawn me close to Him in prayer through the influence of my family and through the Saints, now He filled me with the graces to bring His light to the world, asking me to do so joyfully as a consecrated Religious.
Sister Rose Marie
Angier, North Carolina
Growing up knowing that I was called to be a Religious Sister made life simple and difficult…
The question was not if I was called, but rather, “where?” Worrying that I would be too young to determine this and that others wouldn’t approve of me entering so young, I decided to change the question to “when and where?” Sure, God might be calling me, but that didn’t mean He wanted me to enter a religious community soon. I assessed that it might be best to first pursue a career and then enter a Religious community later. Instead of providing me with peace, this idea left me vexed. As I read through Scripture, I realized that my reasons to delay were not original or genuine causes for concern, but rather common excuses people have often given to God. Frustrated, I prayerfully confided my desire to serve Him while expressing my hesitancies. I heard God saying, “What are you looking for out there that I can’t give you?” Instead of trusting in God and acknowledging that He was all I needed, I had been living in fear. I resolved to live my life in His love for me, and in this love I was able to give Him my complete “yes!”
I grew up in a Catholic family where we attended Mass and my Mom instilled in us a great love for Our Lady…
I loved my Catholic faith; however, my mind was set more on travel and adventure. I was never convinced that a life with and for Christ could be exciting enough to satiate my desire for more in life. It wasn’t until I began my first semester of college at St. Mary’s, Notre Dame and after coming back from a summer in Italy that I realized I still felt unsatisfied. Happiness came to me during prayer and Mass. I began to experience how magnificent God’s love was for me. The idea of Religious Life slowly began to enter my head, but I had no idea what to do about it! It wasn’t until World Youth Day 2016 that I freely answered this Divine pull in my heart to be all His. I continued to discern while studying abroad in France. During my time there, my faith strengthened and my love for God grew. After a few twists and turns and a beautiful weekend on retreat with our Sisters, I knew that this community was where God had been gently leading me. I am so blessed!
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Christ has gently led me and patiently allowed me to answer the call…
I began to discern religious life when I was a Junior in high school. However, I was convinced that my plan was greater than the Lord’s plan for me. Afraid, stubborn, and feeling unworthy of such a beautiful call, I continued on to pursue my college education. I was in my second semester at a small liberal arts college pursuing a degree in Psychology when I met the Sisters and knew God was calling me to the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist. Visiting the motherhouse on vocation retreats and attending World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, I was able to listen to the voice of God in my heart. Christ gently led me and patiently allowed me to answer the call. What a joyful experience it has been to cast all my fears aside and say “yes” to His divine plan!
Our Lord showed me how to love Him in the every day so that listening to His call would feel like being welcomed into His open arms…
I had looked seriously into Religious Life in high school but I knew I was forcing something without having yet been invited. So I stepped back to take one day at a time, enrolling at Thomas Aquinas College for undergraduate studies. There I began to grow in my faith not because anybody told me I should, but because I found our Lord’s love for me irresistible. Despite a great first year, about Christmas of sophomore year I knew that there was something missing in my life. This feeling of emptiness, despite a beautiful academic life and community, was filled when two Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist came to speak at TAC. I was asked to greet them upon arrival and show them where they would be staying. From the minute I met them it was like coming home: I knew that our Lord had been preparing my heart to meet them. I met Sr. Joseph Andrew at breakfast and told her I believed I had a vocation, and she invited me to the Sisters’ discernment retreat less than a month later. The retreat was such a beautiful experience; at the conclusion of the weekend, I filled out application papers on the flight back to California. God spoke—and I answered “Yes!”
I traveled almost 6000 miles away from home before I realized during Mass one day that I was open to a call to religious life and God didn’t wait long after I got home to introduce me to the Sisters…
Since my Confirmation in the tenth grade, God has showered His grace on me. While on a retreat, the female leaders talked about how, as single women, we should think about a close relationship with Christ as a romance. Then, the stories about the great virgin saints started to make sense to me, and so did Religious Life once I realized it was about being a bride of Christ. I began to experience great joy in daring to hope that this intimacy with the Lord could be mine too. While I was in Rome, I accepted the possibility of a religious vocation. When I returned home from Rome, I received the Sisters’ CD and met them at an ordination in my diocese, which ultimately brought me home to this Community! All the discernment retreats I have attended with the Sisters have encouraged me tremendously. I can’t wait to hear what new songs the Lord will sing to me through these new experiences. I am honored that I will sing His praise in my heart and on my lips with the Sisters in this upcoming year and, God willing, forever!
I’ve always longed to share my excitement about my Catholic faith with others, and in college I began to feel called to do so with my whole life…
Growing up as a “cradle Catholic,” I attended Mass every Sunday, received the Sacraments, and eagerly absorbed everything I learned in my Religious Education classes. My favorite saint was Thérèse, the Little Flower—I wanted to be like her, but I never knew about the possibility of giving my life to Jesus in a radical way as a Religious. Although there’s a Catholic church on almost every corner in Cincinnati, and multiple Catholic high schools, the first time I saw a woman wearing a habit – and she was my age! – was in my college years at Xavier University. Some friends told me about “vocation discernment” and I decided I should give this a try. I had an opportunity to attend a Monastic Experience Weekend at a Carmelite monastery, which was beautiful yet also taught me that I do not have a cloistered vocation! The Jesuit scholastic, Mr. Brian Norton, SJ, was a good friend of Sr. Joseph Andrew and put me in contact with her. I attended the Sisters’ “Be Not Afraid” vocational discernment retreat and believed this was THE Community for me! A year later, I was finally willing to say “YES!” and accept God’s invitation! God is merciful, patient…and He loves me!
I met the sisters when I was a student at Baylor University…
I was struck by the vibrancy of life they exuded and the joy and love they possessed. I felt drawn to the idea of being Christ’s spouse, so two years later I went on a discernment retreat but did not sense Christ’s tug for me regarding that life. Over the next years, I dated a few gentlemen and went on another retreat. I began teaching 5th grade and loved it. This past spring, I found myself dating a wonderful, holy man, and getting excited about the upcoming schoolyear in which I would be teaching Latin—my favorite! Life was full, and blessed with wonderful friends. Yet, in the quiet times, like St. Augustine, I knew a restlessness and ache for more. I tried to push this aside, thinking it to be a symptom of my lack of deep gratitude to God. One day, two dear friends courageously emailed me to tell me they thought I was called to Religious Life. As I read the email, my heart echoed back their message and I knew I had to pursue it. I signed up for a retreat and decided to give Christ a chance. Now, all I can say is, thank you, sweet Jesus!
I first felt God calling me to religious life in high school, but I was too selfish and afraid to listen…
Blessed with the opportunity for daily Mass, my friendship with God grew. I wrote Him a letter, promising to do whatever He asked of me. After reading it, a friend admitted: “It sounds like you’re going to be a Sister.” I hoped she was wrong; God couldn’t possibly be calling me to that. I put my promise to God on hold for college. After graduation I started teaching, and although I was happy, that promise kept bothering me. When I finally prayed about it, it was more of a fight with God than a conversation. I revealed my worries to my friends at the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word, and they knowingly led me to the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. On their discernment retreat, I turned to our Lady and sheepishly prayed, “Okay, lead me to your Son. I surrender.” Gazing at the Blessed Sacrament, I was filled with peace and joy as I felt her answer: “I’ve already led you to Him. There He is waiting for you.” I’m so happy and grateful to have recommitted to my promise, and to be joining such a joyful Community.
I first felt Our Lord’s call when I was very young, but I ran away as I wanted to do things my way…
Though ashamed of that reaction, I have been so blessed to see God’s great love because of it. He gently began to ask me to follow Him while I was in high school. He was patient while I worked through fright and lack of trust until I realized He wasn’t asking me not to have a life, but to live my life with radical love of Him. It wasn’t until a few years after college that I was able to pursue His call; during that time, by His grace, I never fully laid it aside. I felt drawn to the Dominican motto of “to contemplate and give to others the fruits of one’s contemplation” and couldn’t shake the feeling that God had been forming a Dominican heart in me. The Dominican Sisters of Mary were the second Dominican Community I visited – but once here, I was immediately blown away by how beautiful and balanced their life was and how joyous the Sisters were. All the fears that held me from Our Lord melted away. I am HIS!
If I go back to the very beginning, I can see that my particular vocation started before I was born, when my mother insisted my middle name be Cristina, because it means ‘of Christ’…
Prayer and religion have always attracted me, and my favorite childhood video was a cartoon of the life of St. Francis of Assisi. God planted the ambition of entering Religious Life shortly before the end of middle school, while I was preparing for Confirmation, but it was not a dream I took very seriously until my final years of college at the University of Arizona around 2010. There were plenty of options- the Benedictines and their “ora et labora”, the Franciscans and their poverty, the Carmelites and their emphasis on contemplation, but above all, there were the Dominicans with their passion for preaching Veritas—the Truth. Who can resist the infectious zeal of St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena? And who wouldn’t want to wear that beautiful white habit, and carry the rosary at their side? Meeting the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist was one of God’s greatest blessings in my life, and entering the Community was a dream come true. It’s time to preach Truth!
Throughout my life God has placed incredible and true friends in my life to gently work the soil,plant seeds, water, nourish, and prune my heart…
When I first became aware of the call to Religious Life in high school, I was not ready or willing. I was Lutheran and terrified of what I believed Catholics believed and taught. My response was to read the Bible to prove why Catholics were misguided. That plan backfired and what I feared most in the Tradition of the Catholic Church was actually what drew me into the Church. Throughout my life God has placed incredible and true friends to gently work the soil, plant seeds, nourish, and prune my heart. At my first full time job, a coworker invited me to Mass with her family; she became my sponsor just a year later. Through this family and the support of a friend that shared my passions for faith and exercise, I realized I could say “yes” to the person God was calling me to be. God has blessed me in a variety of ways and with a beautiful family and friends—it would be impossible to list them all! It has been, and continues to be, an incredible journey, filled with His grace and love.
Columbia, South Carolina
When I was little I always said I wanted to be a Sister…
but then life happened. Sometime around my sophomore year I learned about the Air Force Academy and it caught my attention. In particular I was captivated by both the challenge and adventure, as well as the chance to serve that it presented; I decided to apply. In June of 2005, I headed out to Colorado. However, while I was at the Academy and during my time on active duty the Lord continue to remind me of the call He had placed in my heart long ago. I transferred to the reserves in the fall of 2014 and moved to Columbia, SC where I took a job as a roadway designer (I had majored in Civil Engineering and been a Civil Engineering Officer). I met the Sisters in February of 2017 and the Lord provided me with the grace to finally say “yes” to the call He had been patiently presenting to me these many years. I am so grateful the Lord stayed with me on such a winding road, which took me to Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries. I can’t wait to live the future adventures He has in store for me as a Dominican Sister!
Did you know?
Members of the Postulant Class of 2017-2018 have attended/graduated from the following Colleges/Universities:
- Air Force Academy
- Augustana College
- University of AZ Tucson
- Benedictine College
- Spring Hill College
- Baylor University
- Xavier University
- University of Dallas
- Christendom College
- Thomas Aquinas College
- Belmont Abbey
- St. Mary’s Notre Dame
- Northwestern Michigan College
- Thomas Edison State University
- Northeastern University
- Ohio State University
- Rhodes State College