*Sr. Mary Jacinta will not be taking on any new discerners at this time*

Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy endures forever!

My name is Sister Mary Jacinta, and I am a School Sister of Christ the King. As a little girl, I dreamed of being a ballerina, and I loved anything pink and sparkly. Looking back, underneath those desires to be lavishly beautiful was a longing to be loved. I yearned to be cherished. Though many internal and external changes have unfolded in the years since being a five-year-old, that longing has remained, deepened and been fulfilled in ways that only serve to expand that desire.

With that longing for love in the forefront of my heart, I grew up with a strong desire for marriage and family life. Additionally, my ignorant notions of Sisters consisted of thinking that they had a seemingly loveless life. I now smile at my foolishness and bask in the gratitude of being loved so intimately by the God of the Universe, who also invites me to love and be loved by all those He puts in my path.

Though I had no drawing to be a Sister, an enormous hunger for the Lord awakened my soul out of a lethargic slumber I had experienced for some years. With that, I began to yearn for a constant relationship with Him. Yet, Religious Life was still not on my radar. I thought of my future as a vacation package: choose where I want to go and then take God along with me. Fortunately, just before my senior year of high school, the Lord sent me a friend who changed my life. That friend was discerning the call to the priesthood but also spoke of the desire for marriage and family life. At the time, I had thought those desires for love easily ruled out the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood or Religious Life. Once again, how wrong I was –thanks be to God! The witness of that friend showed me that God had a specific plan for my happiness and would reveal that plan if I was open. As I began to ponder the invitation to Religious Life, the Lord led me to see that He would indeed fulfill my desire for marriage and family life but in a radically different way.

I entered our Community in the Fall of 2008. After having taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, I currently teach first grade religion and serve on the Vocation Team for our community. Outdoor adventures, enjoying art, reading, and word games are some parts of life that I find to be particularly refreshing.

Though I am far from being a ballerina and live a life of simplicity instead of one that is sparkly, I am loved with the love that is beyond what I ever could have asked or imagined.