This weekend, I enjoyed seeing the Ursuline Sisters who I’ve gotten to know so well, and the event also gave me the opportunity to meet sisters from other religious orders. At dinner, I sat next to an Oblate nun who said that even though she is part of a small community, there are several other small communities of Oblate Sisters worldwide. She went on to name some of the countries, including Italy, Brazil, and India. As she described her community life, I was intrigued to hear that they live with retired priests, who have a retirement home on the property.
Earlier that day as I made my way upstairs for mass, I spotted a young woman with braided blond hair who looked like she was about my age. Her name was Stephany and she told me that she was a Postulant. She was quiet but had a nice smile, and I told her about my experience as a Companion in Mission of the Ursulines. She invited me to come visit her sometime, and as we traded email addresses, we promised to keep each other in our prayers.
To conclude his talk, Msgr. Zuraw invited us to think of someone who has been an example of faith & compassion and whose presence has changed our lives. I couldn’t help but think of my experience with the Ursuline Sisters this past summer, and I felt honored to be with them on this day of celebration.
Originally published on March 26, 2013 on the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown Blog