Testimonials

image001Ursuline Sister of Youngstown
Darla Vogelsang,
Hospital Chaplain

When I was a high school senior I went on a retreat and felt this “something” inside of me that said, “Religious life.” What really gives me meaning is being able to make the presence of Christ known to people when they are most vulnerable and needy. It puts me in the presence of God. If you think you are called to religious life, pray regularly. Get in conversation with the Spirit within you. Seek out a group of religious women. Get to know them. See if you’re comfortable with their lifestyle, their prayer, with their ministry.

image003Ursuline Sister of Youngstown 
Therese Ann Rich, Pastoral Associate and IT Director

It’s funny how God moves you in a variety of ways. I wanted to work in the finance world, but something kept tugging at me and tugging at me. The more I visited the Ursuline Sisters, the more I realized I was more comfortable here and I felt more at home. I haven’t had a boring day. My major ministry is really this: to engage people in a deeper relationship with Christ. The invitation [to vowed religious life] comes personally. It comes through relationships with people, it came personally through my family, and it came through my own prayer life. Ursuline Sister of Youngstown Jan Gier, Kindergarten Teacher What interested me in religious life was my desire to serve God, and the positive relationships I experienced with [various] Sisters. What gives meaning to my life is my personal relationship with the Lord through Eucharist, the community prayer as well as my personal prayer, my teaching ministry, my community, my family and friends. Search your heart and respond to God’s love in the many ways that He reveals it to you.

image005Ursuline Sister of Youngstown
Jan Gier,
Kindergarten Teacher

What interested me in religious life was my desire to serve God, and the positive relationships I experienced with [various] Sisters. What gives meaning to my life is my personal relationship with the Lord through Eucharist, the community prayer as well as my personal prayer, my teaching ministry, my community, my family and friends. Search your heart and respond to God’s love in the many ways that He reveals it to you.

image007Sister of St. Joseph-Third Order of St. Francis
Dian Majsterek, SSJ-TOSF

Why did you come to religious life? 

When I was in eighth grade, I intended to become a nurse. However, when I came to Marymount for our entrance test, we girls stopped at the hospital to visit our kindergarten teach, Sr. Irenia.  She posed the usual question, “Who is coming to the convent?” When only one person raised her hand, she proceeded to ask each of the rest of us why not. When I said I wanted to be a nurse, she pointed to herself and said that I could be both. That set me thinking. Today I continue to remain faithful to my vows for reason akin to spouses faithful to each other.  As part of my religious community, I recognize each sister as “my” sister, we are family. In community we share prayer and a common lifestyle. We care for one another as we pursue the vision of making God’s kingdom visible on earth. We encourage one another to face life’s challenges and to celebrate life’s joys.

image009Sister of St. Joseph Third Order of St. Francis
Louis Szerpicki, SSJ-TOSF

What’s your greatest challenge as a sister? 

At first, it was to live our Rule perfectly; that goal later proved meaningless.  Presently my energies are directed to consciously live the present moment with intent to be God-connected, which encourages a more rightful attentiveness to treating others with mindful respect.

Why should young women consider religious life today?

(It is an) opportunity to be supported by a group that has a greater focus and unified intent to make “God more deeply known and loved and in so doing, draw all persons to fuller and freer life.”  (SSJ-TOSF Mission Statement).

Sr. Dominique, PCPAPoor Clare Sister of Perpetual Adoration
Dominique Ando, PCPA

What attracted me?

From the time I was a little girl, I always had great esteem for priests. I always felt it was so special when they came to our home for a visit. My thinking, “What good friends they must be to Jesus.” As I got older, I came to understand in depth, my earlier thinking. After being widowed, and in my heart coming into full knowledge of God calling me into a second vocation, I looked through the “Vision Magazine” at many different orders, and when I saw the charism of the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and their mission of caring for priests, I knew this was where God wanted me. He called, I came—thanks be to God!

image013Oblate Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Kristin Quicker, OSHJ

What sustains me in religious life?

My community. My sisters in Religious Life are there to share my success as I share theirs. They provide me with enough support when I’ve fallen to allow me to get back up again. Hopefully, in their hour of need, I return that support to them without delay. My community challenges me to grow. It also allows me a place to rest safely in the arms of the Lord.

 

image016Benedictine Sister of the Byzantine Rite
Margaret Mary Schima, OSB

Many years ago while in elementary school, the thought of becoming a religious like “the Sisters” who taught me came to my mind year after year. Of course, that thought was always put to the back of my mind each time it was evident. I think God persisted. Again in high school years, for four years the Benedictine Sisters educated me. I often attended prayers with the Sisters in their chapel. During these years, I came to know the story and life of St. Benedict, who gave up his family and his life in Rome to just “seek God.” He really wanted to detach himself from everything in the world. The example of Benedict was also a factor in God’s call to me. God persisted those four years. At the end of high school, when it came time to register at a college, I had to make a decision. God’s persistence won out. I knew He was calling me to serve Him in the order of St. Benedict. I have lived the Benedictine way of life for more than 55 years. I never regretted one moment of it. I firmly believe I heard God’s call all those years. I always sought to answer “yes.”

image017Oblate Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Mary Barbaranne Haggblom, OSHJ

What attracted me?

From the time I was a little girl, I always had great esteem for priests. I always felt it was so special when they came to our home for a visit. My thinking, “What good friends they must be to Jesus.” As I got older, I came to understand in depth, my earlier thinking. After being widowed, and in my heart coming into full knowledge of God calling me into a second vocation, I looked through the “Vision Magazine” at many different orders, and when I saw the charism of the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and their mission of caring for priests, I knew this was where God wanted me. He called, I came – thanks be to God!