Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and forever. Amen.
My name is Sr. Adriana Gacikova. I have been a member of the Congregation of Norbertine Sisters, a contemplative – active community, since 1985. Since I was a child I always wanted to live a good life and to live fully. I was mesmerized by beautiful churches and contemplated the amazing art work that covered the interior of its walls. It made me ponder the great glory these churches gave to God and how I am also called to bring Him even greater glory.
Growing up in Slovakia, during a period when communism was reigning quite heavily, I never desired to become a religious sister – because I never had the opportunity to see one. In spite of this, I still aspired to live my life doing good, so I decided to become a nurse and help the sick in the hospitals, hoping to fulfill my dream. Yet, God had a much greater plan in store for me.
After my first encounter with the Norbertine Sisters I discovered the beauty of consecrated life: to always be in God’s presence, doing everything with, and for Him. As I became more familiar with the sisters, I fell in love with their daily Eucharistic Adoration, their devotion to Our Blessed Mother, and how they prayed the Liturgy of the Hours with one accord. Despite the dangers of the communist regime, not long after my discovery, with blissful heart, I entered the community. After my entrance, I continued to work in the hospital as a registered nurse. I was in the surgical and orthopedic department for 7 years. Later, I was given a new assignment to help in the initial formation program of our community. I was blessed to study in Rome where I came to understand more fully what it means to be part of the universal Church. Now, I work as a formator for our community here in California.
In 2011, at the invitation of the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey, I came together with two other sisters to establish a community of our Congregation in the USA. The greatest challenge for me was the endless sunny weather. Normally, in Slovakia, it snows during winter, but not here. One day I was waiting so badly for the cold, but when it didn’t come, I just opened the freezer, breathed deeply and touched the frozen meat. After a few moments, I felt so much better, it was almost like home. After a period of adjustment and preparation we opened the formation house in 2014 and received our first vocations. We put our best efforts into the formation of new vocations and the building up of the community. If I can be of any assistance to a young woman in discerning God’s will for her life, it would be my great joy.
“Listen, my daughter, and understand; pay me careful heed. Forget your people and your father’s house, that the king might desire your beauty. He is your Lord.” (Psalm 45)
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