Saturday, June 15, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 if they were sacred vessels of the altar, including our Flea Market items.

Let him regard all the vessels of the monastery and all its substance, as if they were sacred vessels of the altar. RB 31 

Yes even at our annual Flea Market. 

Giant Indoor-Outdoor Flea Market Friday, June 14 (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.) & Saturday, June 15 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.).  Early Bird Evening, Thursday, June 13 (4-7 p.m.); admission $5.00/person.  Air conditioned & handicapped accessible.  Items include Dishes, Glassware, Children’s Items, Furniture, Seasonal Items, Books, CDs, DVDs, knickknacks, tools and much, much more.  Also enjoy halupki, haluski, pierogies, pizza, fish sandwiches, homemade cookies.  Donations welcome, Volunteers needed – please call 724-834-3060.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Conversion to Vocation ~ from a Nun at St. Emma part 5

At this point in my life I stopped looking for an order to join. After all I did spend a long time looking and exploring communities. I spent my 21st birthday picking cherries in Wisconsin with the Franciscans. Now how many people can say that? I then felt the need to find out where God wanted to be. I spent the weekend at the Passionist in Pittsburgh, so I could spend some quality time in prayer. I wanted to figure out if I should go on to be a Teacher or a Physical therapist.  The easiest way for me to make the decision was whatever program I got into the first. I ended up being accepted into the Teaching program at the University of Pittsburgh first so I went on to get my teaching degree.
After going to school, working at a nursing home, and student teaching, I found that I had a week off!
I asked about going back to the Passionaist again but they were full. A priest friend of mine said that he knew another Mother Mary Anne, but she was at St. Emma Monastery. Both of the Superiors had the same name. The only thing that I needed to know was if I could take a bus there.

 I arrived on Monday morning just getting of the midnight shift at the nursing home, the cab driver stated that he was concerned about me when he dropped me off, he just happened to be the same one that took me back to the bus station. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Conversion to Vocation ~ from a Nun at St. Emma part 4

  I became very involved with the undergrad program offered by the Catholic Campus ministers, run by the Fathers of the Oratory. When I say “very involved” at one point one the Fathers stated that I was here at the Newman Center more than the Fathers who lived upstairs. I kept the thought of becoming a religious in the back of my mind and heart. I had a wonderful relationship with a young man from CMU. I was keeping all of my options open. While we were dating I just keep feeling like I was taking away time that I should be giving to the Lord. After a while we ended the relationship and He is happily married with children. I learned a lot about myself during that time, I became aware of the Love one could have for another, but I still felt called to give myself completely to the service of the church as a religious. I started looking into orders, I looked for 6 years.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Conversion to Vocation ~ from a Nun at St. Emma part 3

 I just sat there and pondered where that came from.  I thought that how funny it would be if at this same time next year I would be Catholic and looking into joining an order. I tried to put it out of my head and focused on becoming a medical missionary. But the thought kept coming up, It still gave me greatest sense of peace about what I was going to do with my life.  Everyone asks the famous question, what are you planning to do with your life. The one thought that kept popping up was that I was to join a religious order but I couldn't say that to anyone. The greatest problem with this was that I wasn't catholic and had never met a religious or had even talked to a priest.  So when the RCIA program was announced at the cookout, I knew that I had to join.