Hi, y’all! My name is Rachel. I am 22 years old from Missouri. Before entering, I was a college student at Marian University in Indianapolis – Go Knights! I graduated in May 2015 with a degree in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. I fell in love with teaching during my college years, especially thanks to the fabulous St. Christopher Catholic School in Speedway, Indiana. I absolutely love youth ministry and in specific, the mission of Life Teen! I spent two summers down in the mountains of North Georgia as a missionary at Life Teen Camps and I was a core member at Incarnate Word Life Teen in Missouri, before entering. Some of my favorite hobbies include letter writing (yes, pre-convent life, too!), any sort of crafting, and cheering on my beloved St. Louis Cardinals!
I am humbled and honored by the Lord’s call to serve Him, love Him, and be loved by Him here in Alton with our community. The Sisters’ radiant joy in all things, ability to be uniquely themselves, deep peace in prayer, and desire for heaven were all factors in our sweet Lord’s promptings in calling me to this community. What advice would I give to a woman discerning religious life? Firstly, be not afraid! Our Lord is a gentleman and He wills your good! Secondly, pursue peace. If you find peace in your heart and prayer, follow that peace. Thirdly, silence truly is golden. Trust me, I love talking and telling stories, but sometimes we just need to listen to our Lord in silence. That’s all for now, friends. Remember to choose joy always! Please pray for me and know of my prayers for you. I’ll meet you in the Eucharist.