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Perfect Timing: Part 1 of 3

Usually, our entrance day is September 8th - Our Blessed Mother's birthday.   This year, our postulants entered on three different days.   It's good to be reminded that God's ways are not our ways and His timing is always perfect.

So, let's meet our postulants!

Peace and blessings! My name is Brianna Donahue and I am 22 years old.  I was born and raised on Long Island, New York, until 2005 when my family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee.

Ever since I was little, I felt drawn to the religious life and, more specifically, the Franciscan spirituality.  I entered a Poor Clare Community after my first semester of college.  Later I discerned that the Lord was leading me elsewhere, and returned to Tennessee.  After hearing about our Veni Si Amas Vocation Retreat from one of our Sisters in Knoxville, Sister M. Clara, I came on the Fall retreat in 2017, and learned about our Community for the first time!

My heart was drawn to our Community's twofold charism immediately: "They shall look upon Him Whom they have pierced" and "Seeking to make the merciful love of Christ visible."  Over the next few visits, my encounters with our Lord and our Sisters here at the convent really spoke to my heart.  I finally surrendered to His invitation to follow Him and give Him my "yes!" I entered our Community on September 8, 2018.

I enjoy many activities, including camping, hiking backpacking, soccer, singing, arts and crafts, reading, and teaching!  Before entering, I enjoyed participating in our annual parish Passion Play, volunteering at a local equestrian therapy facility for handicapped individuals, joining and being a junior leader in American Heritage Girls (AHG), and teaching badges for elementary through high school girls at AHG summer camps.

I praise God for His faithfulness towards me.  I ask for your prayers that I may live each day, loving Jesus Christ and making His merciful love visible.


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