I was born in Australia and lived most of my life in Melbourne, Australia. Before I entered the Novitiate, I was working as a Teacher in a Catholic primary school.
I felt God was calling me to live a Religious Life. Therefore, when I was first discerning my vocation, I visited many Ministry Congregations. They all led different ways of living a Religious Life. Each Congregation was doing great work but I did not feel that was where God was calling me to be.
An advertisement, inviting young women interested in Religious Life, to attend a ‘Come and See’ weekend. I had no expectations or any knowledge of the Sisters of Nazareth, but I thought I would see what they were about, so I decided to attend!
The weekend went well. I felt comfortable and at ease with the Sisters. There was a definite prayerful, joyful and loving presence, and I felt a real sense of genuineness and united-ness. I could see myself as part of this community.
I entered the Novitiate and became a Postulant. I began to learn about the history of the Congregation, the Foundress (Sister Victoire Larmenier), and the Congregations Core Values.
Love, Justice, Hospitality, Respect, Compassion and Patience
I spent time in the community, supporting residents and helping the local primary school.
Now I felt, this was where God was calling me to be – within the Sister of Nazareth Congregation.
During my time as a Novice, I developed a greater understanding of Religious Life, and what it meant to be a Sister of Nazareth.
I am most fulfilled, as a Sister, in the area of education or child care, helping to bring the knowledge of God and His love to children, and their families.
There are fewer Sisters entering at this time. Although, vocations have declined, the need for education and care is as important as ever.
With the introduction of Nazareth Care, I have already seen the legacy of caring for the elderly and children is greatly supported and enhanced. I can see the wonderful spirit and care evident in our Homes for both the Sisters and Nazareth Care.
For me, I look to the future with excitement and hope. Together, I believe we are doing great things as we lovingly build up the Kingdom of God here on earth.