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Vocation: What it took for three women to leave everything behind to become nuns

2016-02-02

For many, the root is in the family. Others are convinced in their youth and some choose the path of faith later on in life.

These nuns met the Pope at the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life, an opportunity to relive the experience of how they came to the convent.

MOTHER VERONICA OF THE HOLY FACE
Discalced Carmelites
"In the year 1982, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila, the great Doctor of the Church. Someone came to speak to us. His name was Father Eugenio Saenz de Baranda. And that's when we spoke about 'Dwellings', I was able to identified what it meant to be a Carmelite.”

SISTER ROSA
Josephine Sisters of Charity
"I was unable to find something to fulfill me in life. So, I searched further. I was a catechist, then I discovered what I needed. I found what I was looking for by going to a priestly ordination: I discovered I wanted to be religious.”

Both Mother Veronica and Sister Rosa found plenty of roadblocks in their way. As did, Sister Maribel. She was only 16-years-old when she decided to take the holy oath, but her family did not understand. However, with the help of other nuns, a priest and a friend she managed to convince her parents to travel from Peru to the convent of Vic, in Spain.

SISTER MARIBEL
Josephine Sisters of Charity
"I lied to my parents,  telling them that someone was going to speak to them about my sister, who was a Carmelite. It was three in the afternoon, I remember, and I was afraid of what they were going to say. And I stayed there in a corner, fearing that they might not give me permission to go. The priest spoke to my father and I remember my father said: What if she doesn't get used to it?

"My older brother did not want me to go, at first. I left Lima at such a young age to gain a life experience elsewhere. He was relentless and would write me frequently. Saying things like 'Come back, you will not get used to it.'They are going to exploit you, things like that.”

Once they got into the convent, there problems were not over. They had to confirm that they wanted to live as nuns. 

MOTHER VERONICA OF THE HOLY FACE
Discalced Carmelites
"Of course, of course, I also had doubts Yet, I carried a strong sense of faith and I had to struggle with some personal family matters. That's when I began to stagger because I thought that maybe I had to leave to help my family.”

They have surpassed many obstacles and crossed many roadblocks. This trip to Rome has reaffirmed the meaning behind their life choices.

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