Vocations

Q & A with Sister Frances

Have you ever noticed that Sisters tend not to retire? They avoid the “R” word, opting instead to branch out into another ministry.

Sister Frances Pytlik, one of this year’s Jubilarians, is a case in point. A 46-year veteran of the classroom, she has just completed her 32nd year of full-time teaching at St. Mary’s School in David City, Neb.

In the Fall, she will transition to two part-time jobs: reading teacher at St. Mary’s and visitor with residents of St. Joseph’s Villa and Court, both in David City.

We recently sat down with Sister Frances to learn more about her.

The Pilgrimage Begins

Fearday (1)By Sister Anita (Anitawa) Fearday, ASC

Twenty kilometers a day. 70 years old. Traveling the Way of St. James in Spain. Next week I begin my pilgrimage.

The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages, together with those to Rome and Jerusalem.

Legend holds that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain, where he was buried in what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.

What I’ve Gained from Entering Religious Life

By Sister Angela Laquet, ASC

People may wonder why Sisters choose religious life when such a journey involves giving up what others take for granted.

For instance, Sisters cannot accumulate wealth (vow of poverty) or marry (vow of chastity), although in some cases, they may adopt children.

But what religious life takes away, it gives back in spades. I doubt I would be as fully formed a person without the many blessings of religious life.

Here are just some of the things I’ve gained in the process:

  1. Using my Gifts.

Pokémon Go, Pokémon Reset

By Sister Krystal Funk

Today, when I saw a young man standing at the end of the driveway to our novitiate, I knew immediately that he was playing Pokémon Go.

I’ve stood in the same place playing the same game.

I shouted out my car window, “what team are you on?”  He responded, “Team Yellow!”

I said, “I am one of the sisters who lives here, I’ll be up soon!  I am Team Red!”

Having fun; setting limits

I have been viewing videos recently that show large groups of people gathered in one place to play the game.

Why the Adorers? Something Just Felt Right

By Sarah Harbaugh, candidate with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

As I explained in my blog post last month, my attending a Theology on Tap proved to be a pivotal moment in my journey of discerning a religious vocation. I had gone with the hope of meeting other young adults. But no one else showed up and the presenter spoke about vocations. Suddenly, that little voice inside that I had been trying to squelch demanded to be heard.

I finally told myself I would discern whether I had a religious vocation,

Why I Want to Find Out if I Should Be a Sister

10366290_10153831768887162_6912289560158061522_nBy Kristin Forgotch, candidate for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

Have you ever wondered why some young women today consider becoming a Catholic sister when they have many possibilities for their life’s work?

I’m one of those young women. Honestly, at the beginning, I was not quite sure either, and it scared me to even think about it.

When the idea of maybe becoming a sister first crossed my mind right before Lent 2014, I thought I would just attend an extra weekend Mass and the idea would go away,

leap of faith, becoming a nun, becoming a religious sister

Why I Am Choosing To Discern a Vocation as a Religious Sister

By Sarah Harbaugh, candidate with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

For 10 years I fought the feeling that God was calling me to religious life. God’s call was loud and clear, but I had every excuse to why I wasn’t being called.

I attended Catholic school for 12 years and had the privilege to have two amazing teachers who also happened to be sisters. One sister invited me to consider religious life, but I wasn’t ready to accept the invitation then. I wasn’t even ready to admit to people that the thought had crossed my mind.

Reflections on Pope Francis’s visit to Washington, D.C.

By Sister Krystal Funk

In this Year of Consecrated Life, it made sense that novices such as myself from every religious order of men and women in the U.S. would be invited to the papal Mass Wednesday in the nation’s capital.

The occasion was the canonization of 18th-century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis did not speak to the novices and seminarians, just greeted and blessed us. In his homily, he talked about how God calls both lay and religious people to bring the Gospel to others with joy.

A Guatemalan Village’s Long Walk to Justice

By Sisters Dani Brought and Kris Schrader

Last week, we walked the Way of the Cross from the Guatemalan village of El Carrizal, San Pedro Ayampuc to La Puya, the entrance to a controversial gold mine that has prompted a now three-year-long nonviolent resistance protest at the site.

We walked 3 miles with the men, women and children who live nearby and have carried out that peaceful protest.

Walking the way of the cross, Guatemala

Along that route, from their town to the mine’s entrance, we prayed the Way of the Cross, connecting their experience of exploitation and human rights abuses with that of Jesus,