Skip to main content

Meet Emily(Our other new postulant!)


At a quarter to six this morning, I peered through the chapel doorway to see the pews filled with about forty Sisters silently preparing themselves for the holy sacrifice of the Mass. I quietly walked down the aisle to take my place. “Here I am, Lord,” I prayed as I knelt down, still feeling as if I were living in a dream.
Less than a week ago, I was still living the life as a normal American girl, huddling around my laptop with three of my sisters laughing at our recently added Facebook pictures. After eighteen years of growing up in small town Iowa with my mom and my four sisters, I attended Iowa State University. While making new friends and living the life of a college student, I continued to seek out the Lord’s Will for my life. A desire that had begun when I was about fourteen years old was still buried in my heart—I wanted to be a bride of Christ. During my one year at ISU, I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to take the step of visiting a religious community and discerning the call. In no rush, I prayed that the Lord would open a door in His own time. During spring break of that year, I found myself at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, a place that seemed to me to be the home of my vocation.
So, here I am, Lord, I come to do Your will.

(Emily is now teaching religion at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Alton where she prepares the children for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.)

Comments

Sarah said…
Emily, your YES to our Lord shows great courage and love. Thank you for your witness. God is so good!
Michele said…
wonderful:) God bless you, and all the sisters! :)
Alicia said…
Emily! I miss you so much! You are such a beautiful postulant for Jesus...I've been thinking and praying for you often.

Love,

you sister
Annette V. said…
We are very happy you have received this special invitation from God to your new vocation. He knows your strengths and has chosen a wonderful job for you as a teacher and example for the young school children. They are very lucky to have you during this important time in their lives! May God continue to Bless you with joy and happiness! We pray for you daily and always keep you in our thoughts. Maggie sends a special hello to her "Emmy".
Love and prayers always, Annette and family
Anonymous said…
Emily, We are so proud of you. Please know our prayers are with you. What a very special family you have. Thank you for your example. Jesus loves you so very much!!!! In Christ Our Hope, Amy Dea

Popular posts from this blog

Welcome to our Family, Postulants!!!

Today, on the Feast of the Birth of Mary, our new postulants entered the postulancy of our American Province of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George! We thank God for the gift of these vocations. Pictured above - on their very first full day in the convent - are (from left) Ashley Vola, Samantha Goodson, Miranda Edgar, Jennifer Clark and Erin Leis. Welcome, Postulants! We Sisters are grateful that you have accepted Christ's invitation to belong totally to Him in our Franciscan community, and we support you wholeheartedly with our prayers and help! If you would like to send a word of welcome and encouragement to these new postulants, we will pass the greetings along to them. Just leave them as a "comment"!

Looking Back with Gratitude

“Christ is calling you; the Church needs you; the Pope believes in you and he expects great things of you!” My life would never be the same as the words of John Paul II coursed through my mind and beat with fervor in my heart. Me? Could he possibly mean me? Like many others, I felt Pope John Paul II was speaking directly to me as I sat behind him in the nose-bleed section of the stadium in Saint Louis. Throughout my high school years after this encounter, the idea of having a possible vocation to the religious life shocked and bewildered me, but at the same time brought me such peace. As each year came and went, my relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church grew with greater depth, understanding, and love. Through daily mass, Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary, Scripture and God’s divine intervention through his priests and religious, I soon realized that, yes, the Pope did mean me. Christ was calling me and how could I say no? After one year of college, I soon came to the realizatio

Celebrating our August Feastdays

We are pleased to announce the  Reception into the Novitiate of Clare Kennedy - Sr. M. Veronica Gabrielle Burnham - Sr. Bethany Marie Sidney Ramaekers - Sr. M. Magnificat and the First Profession of Vows of Sr. M. Rose Thomas Weighner Sr. M. Cecilia Abbadessa Sr. Mary James Becker Sr. Peter Marie Tran The celebration of Holy Mass with the Rite of First Profession and Reception into the Novitiate  will take place on  Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 3:30 pm. We are pleased to announce the  Final Profession of Vows of  Sr. M. Lucy Gantt Sr. Karol Marie Baumgarten Sr. Teresa Maria Leis Sr. Mary Francis Goodson Sr. M. Caterina Vola Sr. M. Gemma Kissel The celebration of Holy Mass with the Rite of Final Profession will take place on  Monday, August 3, 2020 at 10:00 am. Due to restrictions in place, we are unable to invite you to attend the ceremonies, however you are welcome to join us in prayer and participation via Livestream.