Sister Mary Christine’s Vows Mass

Sister Mary Christine’s Vows Mass
Sister Christine’s bio :
I experienced a call to Religious life in high school when I began getting involved in my
parish. I devoted much time to prayer, attending daily mass, adoration and volunteer work and
there blossomed a deep longing to know and love God more. As my time was being consumed
in knowing God more, my desire to serve Him grew immeasurably. Thoughts and desires
burned within me to become a nun. My immediate reaction was to dismiss these ideas and
convince myself they are just thoughts that are passing through my mind. But as time went on
the call became ever stronger and I could no longer run away. Through the guidance of many
great people, struggling in discernment and much time spent in prayer, I discovered the Lord
was calling me to Religious life. I had a deep love for our Chaldean people and wanted to serve
within our community; I expressed these desires to my spiritual director and through much
discernment I became more aware of the will of God in my life.

On December 8th, 2008 I entered the Chaldean Sisters, Daughters of Mary of the
Immaculate Conception; a great joy filled my heart that day because I finally was able to fulfill
what God earnestly desired for me. The Sisters and I were overjoyed because this was the first
novitiate (formation) home for vocations outside of Iraq. Mother Philip assigned a Sister who
had studied formation to form young women in Religious life. Recently, on April 15 I professed
my first vows after three years of formation. The first three years consisted of one year of
postulancy and two years of novitiate; those years were filled with many trials and joys that have
formed me in who I am today. I have discovered it is part of every life to go through hardships
and to grow ever closer to Him through the joys and sorrows.

Formation has been a great blessing for me! Like many others I desired to know and
love God on a deeper level and through formation I have come to know myself more fully. It is
a moment of grace where the Lord is working to mold me as He wills. Silence, prayer, spiritual
reading and meditation of the Gospel are essential in our formation where I have found true
consolation and peace. I am thankful to God for my vocation because it is truly a gift! I hope and
pray that many others will be open to the will of God and not to be afraid to answer God’s call.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation;

whom should I fear?

The LORD is my life’s refuge;

of whom should I be afraid?” Ps. 27:1

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