Franciscan Postulant Gayle Mazurkiewicz shares her call to consecrated life with her Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. We share her words with you.
Peace of Christ to all of you! My name is Gayle Mazurkiewicz, and I have been discerning religious life in a particular way since August last year. I found the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity on Facebook, when Sister Monica Martin posted a comment on the profile of a mutual friend, and after visiting in July, decided with the help of my spiritual director to come and see.
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Metro Detroit, several miles north of 8 Mile Rd., the northern boundary of Detroit. Our area has a white European American majority population, but it has a high percentage of Chaldeans, African-Americans, Albanians, and some other immigrant groups, such as Lebanese, Polish, Slovak, Croatian, Vietnamese, and Korean. After spending time in a few different churches, my parents discovered Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan when I was a pre-teen. It is a dynamic Catholic parish where I was well-catechized, shepherded, and continued to grow in my knowledge and love for Jesus as an adult.
I am the firstborn of five children, followed by my brother Steven who is engaged to be married this spring, and three sisters, Sarah, Elyse, and Claire. There is a 21-year difference between Claire and me. My dad works for Ford Motor Company as an electrical engineer and my mom is a homemaker and volunteer prayer minister at the Divine Mercy Center. My family is close and it is hard for me to be away from them, but I am trying to follow the Lord’s will and to find His big plan for my life.
I graduated from Warren Consolidated Schools and attended Wayne State University, the third largest university in Michigan. In college I roomed with several roommates, including a Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and a Catholic from southern India (Syro-Malabar Rite), and my classmates included Muslims, feminists, and future Catholic priests! I helped form a pro-life group on campus and remained active in the pro-life movement for several years after graduating. I also “fell in” with a swing dancing crowd on weeknights. The Lindy hop is my favorite variation!