Sharing wisdom with women discerning religious life ...

By Sister Amy Taylor, FSPA on Thursday, July 18th 2019

 

"The world needs women and men to respond to the greatest needs of humanity."

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Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Lorraine Forster 

For 75 years, Lorraine Forster has served as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration — a community of vowed Franciscan women engaged in furthering the work of the Gospel and the Catholic church.

In celebration of Sister Lorraine’s diamond jubilee, Show me a sign asked her to reflect upon discernment of religious life — her personal journey that began before she answered “yes” to God and continues as she lives the Gospel through contemplation and action today.       

Show me a sign:
How did you know that you wanted to be a sister?

Sister Lorraine:
It just seemed to be my way. I was taught by FSPA, and I also had a great aunt in the community.

Show me a sign:
How did your family react when you first told them that you wanted to be a sister?

Sister Lorraine:
They were pleased. Both sides of my family are devoted Catholics.

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Sister Lorraine, ministering as a teacher of religious education 

Show me a sign:
As you reflect on your jubilee, what facets of serving as an FSPA first come to mind?

Sister Lorraine:
The building of the FSPA-founded institution Viterbo University, the dedication of our nurses and teachers and the day I made my first profession of vows.  

Show me a sign:
What has been your favorite ministry and why?  

Sister Lorraine:
Teaching children in secondary grades. I love youth and serving as a teacher to them.  

Show me a sign:
What advice would you give to a woman discerning religious life today?  

Sister Lorraine:
The world needs the joint effort of women and men to respond to its greatest needs — education, health care and serving the poor.

Are you discerning religious life? Walking with someone who is? We invite you to share this link, www.fspa.org/showmeasign, and join the conversation.

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