“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
The ladies at Angela’s Villa, and young adults everywhere, are in a time of discernment. God calls each of us to use our gifts and talents to serve him in one way or another. In other words, he has a plan of welfare, hope, and a future for each of us. How reassuring! We don’t need to worry, fear, or rush to discover our calling, we need only to trust in Him.
This is what makes my job as the Ursuline Sister’s Young Adult Vocation Ambassador so rewarding. I get to encourage and support my brothers and sisters in Christ as they discern their vocation and celebrate with them when they are called in a certain direction!
Some have chosen the path of marriage and a family, having children of their own, fostering or adopting. Some have chosen religious life, to become sisters, priests, or brothers, living together in community as one big family. Some have chosen to lead a single life, giving their whole self to serving Christ. Some have used their gifts to follow a calling of giving back to their community or have traveled to another area in need. They’ve used their gifts to become teachers, doctors and engineers. Many have taken on positions of leadership. Most are involved in their communities, fighting for causes they are passionate about. Watching these young men and women, myself included, gives me so much hope for our future.
One thing I know for sure is that I would not be where I am today without the support of the Ursuline Sisters. They gave me one opportunity after another -- service experiences, traveling to the National Religious Vocation Conference, job opportunities, their Associate program, and countless references and connections. Most of the young adults I was speaking of previously are also in some way or another involved with the Sisters. They see the endless possibilities an organization that has been around for hundreds of years holds. Whether or not they continue with the Sisters after graduating, their relationships made may last a lifetime.
If you or someone you know is in this time of discernment and have questions regarding vocations or the Ursuline Sisters, reach out to us! Your future is bright and God has a plan for you. You can email me through the form on our contact page, or you can call Sister Norma at 330-261-4729.