November 1-7, 2020 is Vocations Awareness Week, and to celebrate, we are highlighting a few of our parishioners who have accepted God's call in their lives, whether as priests, deacons, seminarians, religious brothers and sisters, or married couples. We hope that these stories inspire you to reflect on your own vocation!
We were thrilled to connect with Sister Maria Guadalupe Martinez-Lopez this week, a former parishioner of St. Michael's who joined the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in 2018. Here is what she had to say about her vocations story that led her to the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity:
"One day I went to daily Mass. The gospel was about the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16: 19-31). The priest, Monsignor Wall, talked about how this gospel had moved a man to work in Africa for the poor because he thought Africa was more like Lazarus. That just hit me in that moment. After I received the Eucharist I prayed to Jesus to show me a convent where I would be welcome soon. Specifically, I asked Jesusto help me find it during that month, which was the month of March. I wanted it to be Franciscan because I knew that Franciscans are close to the poor. That day I looked at the website of the Institute on Religious Life and I found out that this Community had a retreat coming up in March. I signed up and Sister Julie Ann contacted me. I came to the retreat and I loved it. Everyone was so welcoming."
Thank you for saying yes to God's call to you in the gospel that day, Sister Maria Guadalupe! Your parish is praying for you!
If you'd like to learn more about the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, please visit https://fscc-calledtobe.org