Read About Franciscan Postulant Mary Bettag

by fscc on September 11, 2015

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share a friendly greeting from Postulant Mary Bettag. Learn more about her and her own call to be Franciscan.

Franciscan Postulant Mary Bettag profileHi Everyone! My name is Mary Bettag, and I am so excited to be writing all of you this letter! It has been a crazy couple of months but I’m finally here. I’m out in Yuma, Arixonia beginning my postulancy with the Sisters at Immaculate Conception Convent. I’m also doing my student teaching in theology and math at Yuma Catholic High School—Go Rocks! I never thought religious life would be such an adventure; and believe me, I love adventures!

I was a World Youth Day baby, born in Denver in 1993. But my family is originally from the Midwest (Chicago area, to be more specific, so beware because I like the Bears); so we moved back to the area when I was still young to be closer to family. I have been blessed with a wonderful family; my parents, Mark and Teresa, are wonderful faith-filled people—I hope you will all get a chance to meet them sometime! Together they raised/are raising eight children, of which I’m the second oldest.

Here’s a quick rundown of the kids: My older brother, Charlie (23) is in medical school at Creighton University; my younger sister, Regina (18), is a sophomore at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, my brothers Luke (16) and Joseph (15) are in high school at Roncalli, and John (13), Brendan (11), and Cecilia (7) are all in grade school at Seton Catholic. So my Mom stays busy!

My parents were/are great because they made faith a priority, and sacrificed to send us to Catholic schools all my life. But I had never met a Sister until I came to Roncalli for high school. Interestingly though, the seed of my vocation had been planted in my heart when I was in third grade. Although I didn’t pay much attention to it until later in college.

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5 thoughts on “Read About Franciscan Postulant Mary Bettag”

  1. Welcome, Mary! It’s nice to see you use the word adventure to describe your experience, because you will have a lifetime of wonderful adventures ahead of you! Your use of the word reminds me that I should take a little time this weekend to add to my sadly neglected blog.
    Since my first retirement adventure brought me to Arizona, I will be seeing you as an SLC supervisor. I’ll be in touch to set up a time that’s convenient for both of us. I’m actually looking forward to being in a high school math classroom again, even if only for a little while.
    Again, welcome! And thank you for sharing your story!

  2. Cheri Meade says:

    Mary is absolutely loved by the students, and staff of Yuma Catholic High School. She is a wonderful role model and gifted teacher.

  3. WELCOME, MARY to the Franciscan Srs. of Christian Charity! I just loved your writeup on your family and your journey so far. Continued blessings on your practice teaching! You are in our prayers!

  4. annemarielom says:

    Mary, your smile is contagious and your delight is so real. May God hold you close as you “adventure” through these days.

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