Vocation Stories - Mother Mary Therese


I was adopted into an Anglican family when I was a few months old. My mother used to sing me songs about Jesus but as they got older I think the faith slipped away. I came to the Lord through the Rosary when I was 29. When I first became Catholic I never thought about being a religious Sister - absolutely never!

Even though, in the natural, I didn't feel any desire for religious life, I remember a Sister asked me if I'd like to become a nun and because of how I felt I said, "no way!". Coming from a Protestant background it had never even seemed like an option to me. Nevertheless, I went into the church and prayed, "You know my heart, Lord, you know what I want, but let it be Your will, not mine."

In my heart, I wanted to be loved and so I thought this meant marriage and this was what I hoped for. I dated a few strong Catholic men but I could never be totally myself, it never felt right. I had to let go of what I thought would make me happy - it's natural to think that marriage is the only way, especially if you've never seen religious life. The thing was, though, I had encountered God's love and I knew He was more important than anything. I knew that my Catholic faith was the most important gift and I wanted to share that gift. I realised that if I was married I would have other obligations and I really felt Him calling me to be entirely His. At the same time I felt Him give me His Heart for parish revival.

My vocation became apparent through sitting with the Lord in Adoration - prayer is the key. If we don't pray, we cannot have a relationship with Him. It was in prayer that I discovered so many things; I discovered myself, I grew in wholeness and I realised what I was made for. My vocation is the best thing that ever happened in my life. It's a supernatural grace and I've never felt so loved in my life. Ultimately, God granted the deepest desires of my heart.

I have been asked if it's scary to start something new, to form this order. The answer is no, because we're not doing it alone. It can be hard sometimes, because we have very little, but in all honesty, it's a joy to be in the will of the Father and to be a bride of Christ - I don't want to be anywhere else, I love it, it's what I was born for. His yoke is easy, His burden light. It's about Heaven, that's all that matters.