In 1949, when I was in second grade at St. Charles Borromeo School in Hampshire, IL, our teacher, Sr. M. Cecilia Duchesne, asked the class one day, “How many of you are going to be priests or sisters?” She had planted a seed!
As I approached junior high I gave it more thought (the seed was indeed growing) andapproached my parents. It was then that my mother told me she had worked for the Sisters before she was married and had thought of a vocation herself, but then she met my dad and started our family.
As we discussed options for high school, we talked to the parish priest and Sisters and talked about my attending Sacred Heart Academy which was a high school in Springfield, IL which accepted borders. There I could become more familiar with the Sisters’ lives and with my vocation. With my parents blessing and the help of the parish priest and Sisters, it all became true in 1955. While at Sacred Heart, I grew in my love for the Sisters and for Religious Life.
After three years, I entered the convent and completed high school during the summer. I professed my vows in 1960: the seed was now a plant. In my many years teaching both in grade schools and in high school, I hope that I, too, have planted many seeds for the Religious Life. Every moment has been a growth experience and I am very happy to say I am now a Golden Jubilarian in the Springfield Dominican Order!