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Studying art inspires woman to become a nun

Sister Maria di Anima Christi left Holland 18 years ago to fulfill her dream of studying art history in Rome. She had no idea what would happen next. MARIA DI ANIMA CHRISTI Religious Family of the Incarnate Word "Really, if someone had told me when I was 18 that someday I would be a nun, I would have said 'You're crazy.'" She analyzed churches and artwork in Rome while in college. Eventually, she realized that what she was studying was more than art. MARIA DI ANIMA CHRISTI Religious Family of the Incarnate Word "When I visited the churches to see paintings and statues, I noticed other people were praying in front of them. I began to see a vitality in the Church that I had never seen before." In the end, Sister Mary decided to join the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. The congregation has male and female branches and was started in Argentina in 1984. MARIA DI ANIMA CHRISTI Religious Family of the Incarnate Word "I was drawn to the lifestyle: daily worship, the habit, their studies to deepen their faith. I had a fourth vow of Marian devotion, of consecration to Our Lady." Now Sister Mary lives in a convent in Rome, where she enjoys art and her vocation to the consecrated life. MPI/ATO AA SV -PR Up: MPI