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,