Postulant Tricia from Christ the Light Parish, Cambridge, OH, is called to be a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity.
Hello, my name is Tricia. I grew up around Cambridge Ohio. I went to Catholic school from grade school through high school. I was a vey active member of my parish, St. Benedicts. I taught CCD parish school of religion for five or six years to third and fourth graders. I was a choir member, E-team (evangelization team), Eucharistic Minister as well as a youth group leader. I graduated from Dover St. Joseph Elementary and from Tuscarawas Central Catholic high school. I was a night manager at a Wendy’s for six years and was promoted before I quit to work at a factory. At the same time I was working on my college degree to become a teacher. During these years I had a spiritual advisor who really led me closer to God and the Church.
I have felt a call to religious life since 6th grade but looking back on some things maybe even before that. I have always wanted to be a teacher and was familiar with the Sisters who taught at St. Benedicts. It took me a long time for one reason or another to really say “this is what God is calling me to do”. I just knew I was happiest in doing what I thought was helping others even if it was a simple smile when shaking someone’s hand at the sign of peace. I loved teaching religion to those third and fourth graders, watching them grow, and to hear their favorite part of the year was taking them to the church and explaining what everything meant. I was simply happy in church helping out anyway I could. I knew that becoming a Sister would deepen that happiness. It would also take me into a deeper relationship with God. I always had a feeling about the Franciscan Sisters of Charity and when I felt the time was right I applied and here I am today.
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