My Vocation Story - Sr. Mary Grace
I was not raised a Catholic. I am so grateful, though, that my family gave me a faith foundation by teaching me to pray and taking me to church where I grew up in Garland, Texas.
God, in a very powerful way, brought me to the Catholic Church through a special parish in Abilene, Texas. For a long time, I had been searching for a deeper relationship with God. While at McMurry University in Abilene, I began to search among the different Christian communities, determined to find the one that would bring me the intimacy with God that I so desired. When I first came to Sacred Heart Parish, I was absolutely blown away by the Presence of God that I experienced so strongly! I had no doubt He was truly present! That day I met Him in a new and profound way. I saw that He is REAL! I was initiated into the Catholic Church in 2005 and have loved every moment, especially receiving the Eucharist.
Soon after my conversion, I began to desire religious life. My desire became so strong that even seeing a picture of a nun in a movie would cause something deep inside me to shout, “I want to do that!” God would speak to me through Scripture, during Mass, during prayer, and through the people saying that I looked like a nun. Last year, God nudged me to begin looking at religious orders. That search led me to the School Sisters of St. Francis in Panhandle. When I visited the Order, I felt a peace there that I had not felt anywhere else. I applied to enter and was accepted on the basis that my college debt could be taken care of. Believe it or not, God took care of it in about 14 days through the generosity of others! As a result of that venture, Father Bob Bush and Sacred Heart Parish in Abilene began a permanent Vocations Fund for anyone discerning the priesthood or religious vocations. I was finally able to enter the convent on August 15th. How awesome our God is!
I love being with the School Sisters of St. Francis, and I thank God for the blessings He has given me in bringing me to this wonderful Community.