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Meet Natalie!

Hello! My name is Natalie Weighner. I am 29 years old and I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan. After being away at college and living out of state for a couple years, I returned to Grand Rapids to be closer to my family. I love spending time with my Mom and Dad, Brother Kevin (31), and Sisters Maggie (22) and Cait (19). Before coming to St. Francis Convent, I worked as a pediatric nurse in a children’s hospital. I have a passion for working with sick children, especially infants. It is such a gift to be able to care for children and their families at a vulnerable time.  I absolutely love being outside in God’s creation, especially the mountains! The view from the top of a mountain reminds me of the vastness of God’s love for us and points towards heaven. I also enjoy rock climbing, biking, swimming, camping, coffee, and the color “comfy gray!”  St. Therese said “My vocation is to love!” I hope to continue to grow and learn to live this each day! 
I first met The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George when I was in college. I was initially drawn to the community because I knew nursing was a part of their apostolate. Over the years, it has become so much more than that. I love the Franciscan Spirituality of embracing the Crib, the Cross, and the Eucharist. Over the past 7 years or so, I have visited, discerned, and gotten to know the sisters. Jesus is so patient with me! He is always inviting, but waits for a response. One of the sisters told me “there is peace in the surrender” and I now know this to be true! Praised be Jesus Christ!

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