My name is Sister Desiré Anne-Marie. I am currently 24 years old, but will be turning a quarter of a century soon after we enter the new year. I am originally from Albuquerque, NM and a parishioner of St. Jude Thaddeus in Paradise Hills. As of August 20th, 2011 I am living in Enfield, CT: far from home; far from family; far from a land and life I was so familiar with. Why? Well, because I decided to embark on a journey with the Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice, otherwise known as the Felician Sisters.
I was always attracted to the religious life – its prayer, pace and people seemed ideal and I enjoyed thinking about what life in a convent would be like. As we all know, no one and no thing is perfect, but out of the many choices we must make daily, there is always one that seems to work best. As I reached the ripe age of 22, I came to view vocations – the religious life, married and single life – as lifestyles in which we are enabled to grow in love of God and neighbor. Just like any choice, there is always one that works the best, and each individual has the ability to find a vocation in which they will best love God and neighbor. For me, that was the religious life. I knew that living in a community with other women who are also striving to live Christ’s Gospel would be a wonderful support in my own efforts to live that same Gospel. I knew that the constant reliance on prayer and its use throughout the day would create an environment in which I could truly grow spiritually. When I met the Felician Sisters, I knew that this was the place and these were the women who would be a part of that journey. I chose the Felician Sisters because they joyfully embrace their unique journey as a congregation by working to develop and apply each Sister’s gifts and talents. Now that I have entered the convent, I am more ready to share the talents with which God has blessed me. I am happy to try new things (like playing the flute!) and I enjoy sharing such endeavors with others even if I have not yet perfected my skills. I feel more confident in doing so, not necessarily because I am good at the things I attempt, but because I am surrounded by people who will support my mere effort. The Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice are compassionate individuals who have learned how to work as one family, and I am truly blessed to have joined their mission to work with Christ in the spiritual renewal of the world.