Before applying to the convent, I volunteered with the Merciful Help Center, taught second grade Parish Religious Education, served as an EMHC, and was a high school youth minister. I enjoy baking, traveling, and wine tasting.
My parents, sister, and pastor, Fr. Richard Doerr, all helped me in my discernment. In addition, there is an online movement called Imagine Sisters that provided information and encouragement as I discerned religious life.
I am most excited about taking more time for prayer and living in community. I am also excited to go to Germany with many of the sisters in November for the beatification of Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel, the foundress of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration!
[In the next year] Most days of the week I will be waking up early to be in the chapel by 5:25am for morning prayer, the Angelus, and Mass. After eating breakfast with the postulants and novices, I will then do various chores and attend classes about topics such as Franciscan Spirituality, Religious Life, Scripture, and the foundress of the order. There is midday prayer, lunch, and more chores and classes. At 5pm, all the sisters go to the chapel for evening prayer and adoration. After dinner, the sisters gather for recreation, which means free time that is spent together. Often, they play board games or go for a walk. The sisters go to bed pretty early, but take turns getting up throughout the night for Perpetual Adoration with our Lord!
When I started feeling the call to religious life, I had a lot of fear of what this calling might mean and what religious life would look like. My advice to others who are discerning or haven’t discovered their vocation yet is to spend time in prayer and in the sacraments. By drawing closer to Christ, you will be able to discern God’s will in all aspects of life. By allowing God to show you His will in the small things, it will be easier to know his will for your vocation!