“They could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which Deacon Stephen spoke. . . . Then Deacon Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture of the Suffering Servant, he proclaimed to the Ethiopian the good news about Jesus.”
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The following was first published on the USCCB Blog. It was written by Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Four women with ties to the archdiocese recently took vows as Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tenn. Within this community of 284 sisters, 16 have Minnesota roots.
For adult Catholics, this question burns in their souls and guides their search for direction in life: What is God calling me to do?
– Journey toward marriage vocation began at young age
– Holy Spirit led me to youth ministry career
– Law work offers opportunity to develop virtues
– Advancing Catholic education is avocation
– Special needs students inspire special ed teacher
Serving others comes naturally to Ann Searles. She was blessed with parents and a grandfather who taught her that the more one gives, the more that person will receive.
With the youngest of her four children attending high school at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, she wondered if that might be the place for her to work.
Sister Stephanie, 47, first heard God’s whisper as a child, she said. She still has the journals she kept in junior high where she weighed the pros and cons of married and religious life. But it wasn’t until about 10 years later that she experienced that “a-ha” moment when God’s calling crystalized.
Sgt. Dave Struckman felt abandoned when none of the accompanying firefighters or police officers at the scene of an accident were available to help him pull two dead bodies from a car. He had no one else to turn to except the police chaplain, Father George Grafsky, pastor of St. Anne in Le Sueur.
About five years ago, Bill Muske started wondering if God might want him to do something else with his life besides continuing to build up his career as a financial adviser.
Tara Smith believes her small “yeses” to God eventually revealed the big “yes” he had for her — confirmation of her call to the religious life.