In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’ve asked several Adorers to reflect on how Catholic sisters influenced their lives.

RooneyMKBy Sr. Mary Kevin Rooney

I didn’t have the opportunity to attend a Catholic School. We had none in my community.

But I grew up hearing the following sentence in 100 different ways, as if it was as normal as talking about cleaning the house (a daily chore!):

“What an honor it would be to have at least one sister and one priest from our family – but whatever is God’s Will.  Whatever God wants…”

That formative sentence that my parents spontaneously shared so often, along with two weeks of summer school religion classes taught by sisters, and the joy they brought, shaped my thinking.

My journey to becoming a sister was convoluted: not wanting to but saying I wanted to, even lying about wanting to enter since I thought I “couldn’t get out of it,” only to discover that it was a perfect fit, loving everything about it from the first day!

How profound an influence parents have without always realizing it. How grateful I am for their faith expressed so freely.