Franciscan Postulant Comes from Michigan continued

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Postulant Gayle Mazurkiewicz shares about her call to consecrated life with her Sisters. You are invited to read along. Click here to read the first part of the article.

I graduated from WSU with a B.A., double-majoring in Chemistry and English, and then attended the nearby Oakland University to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in secondary education. I spent six years teaching high school before leaving the profession from a combination of factors that left me burnt out. Most recently I was working in market research for industrial products.

I have had some friends who introduced me to the traditional Tridentine and charismatic movements in the Catholic Church, enriching my spiritual life as a young adult. As part of the “John Paul II generation” who attended World Youth Day in Toronto, I have a deep love for our Pontiff and am especially excited that World Youth Day 2016 will be in Krakow, Poland, the home of JPII, St. Faustina, and my great-great-grandparents.

I am taking two courses at Silver Lake College with Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora, even though she warned she wouldn’t take two of her own classes in the same semester, and looking forward to the challenge! Around the convent during free time, you might hear me practicing the piano, examining and rescuing bugs, and going for a walk, run, hike, or bike ride.

I look forward to sharing some experiences with all of you in this time together, and would be happy to help with gardening, tutoring, and maybe even learn to play some Bridge. Although I don’t always know what’s going on during a football game, I am happy to cheer for the Packers against any team except Detroit. We have to admit that in the final analysis, it is only right that my loyalties lie with the Lions.

I desire to give myself to Christ more completely. You have my gratitude for your constant prayers in this time of discernment. May our Heavenly Father bless and keep you all.

In Christ our Life, Gayle