Sr. Linda Hayes OP

My vocation story begins in fourth grade. Our parish priest was visiting our classroom and he asked who wanted to become a priest. I raised my hand, and he laughed and told me I needed to think about being a sister. I thought no more about it until high school. The summer betweenmy junior and senior year I worked with one of the sisters in our school library. She asked what I was going to do after high school and I told her probably go into accounting, but I wasn’t sure. She then gave me a rosary that someone had given her when she was my age, and encouraged me to pray the rosary every night, asking Mary to help me know what God wanted of me. It was during one of those nightly rosaries that I realized God was calling me to religious life.