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From Rome Reports journalist to sister with Daughters of Charity

She was just another girl. She realized her dream: to be a journalist. She had worked in different media and was living in Italy to report news on the Vatican at Rome Reports news agency

Patricia de La Vega says she loved what she did. However, something changed in her life when she discovered her vocation was to serve society's poorest.

Daughter of Charity
“That was something I had dreamed about since I was a child, but there came a time when I realized that it wasn't fulfilling – that something was missing. It was through contact with the people who need it most that I discovered that walk together made me happy; that's what fulfilled me. I thought, 'This is what I want forever.'”

That's how she found out about the Daughters of Charity, a congregation founded by St. Vincent de Paul, and began to rethink her path. She says it wasn't easy, that she was scared, but she took a deep breath and made the leap. Now she assures she doesn't regret her decision because she believes it brings her true happiness.

Daughter of Charity
“It's completely worth it because it makes you live a life full of intensity, because it helped me meet people I wouldn't have otherwise and because it opened my heart, my life and my person. I believe I have grown together with these people in my vocation, that I'm better. If I wouldn't have followed this life, I don't think that would have happened. I wouldn't have been as happy as I am now.”

She returned to Rome after nine years; this time not as a journalist, but as a sister. She celebrated the 400th anniversary of her charism, a Vincentian charism that inspires her to give every day of her life to the service of others