*Sr. Caritas Marie will not be accepting new discerners at this time*
Praised be Jesus and Mary!
My name is Sr. Caritas Marie, MSSR, and I am a member of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa. Our community was founded to magnify Jesus Christ with Mary through communicating the Beauty, Goodness, and Truth of the Faith and through living the fullness of the Church’s liturgical life. We serve the Diocese of Santa Rosa primarily by our lives of prayer and through sacrifice for our priests. This life of prayer pours out in sharing the riches of our faith through example and instruction.
Raised in the middle of nowhere Eastern Oregon, I had no inclination to the religious life. I was far too attached to the freedom and beauties of ranch life, to my horses, and to the sheep I raised. My family was faithful, but I had never met any Sisters. Religious life to me was a thing for saints, specifically saints of bygone years. Providentially, I was introduced to vibrant and holy Sisters when I was in high school. I loved them, and admired them, but didn’t want to be one of them. Toward the end of high school, a Sister gave me a copy of her profession card, pointing out the verse, “Looking at him, He loved him” (Mk 10:21). She explained that Jesus loved the rich young man, even though He knew that he would reject His invitation to a higher way of living. This verse, and the image of the Sacred Heart on the other side, haunted me through college.
After I graduated from Franciscan University, the same priest who had brought Sisters into my life in high school introduced me to our community. I continued to resist any serious thought of religious life, but after spending time with the Sisters, I said to myself, “Well, I’m not called to be a Sister, but if I was, I would be one of these Sisters!” I was strongly attracted to the authenticity of their life: they said they were Ecclesial, Eucharistic, and Marian, and they were. The love for the Church and the Sacred Liturgy was tangible, and their manner so like Our Lady’s. It took our Lord some time to persuade my heart that He, indeed, intended this beautiful way of life for me.
I entered in 2014, and at my clothing as a novice received my name in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the visible manifestation of the love of God for man. I have served as the Diocesan Director of Family Life, and as Moderator of our Marian Sodality. I am currently able to employ my Business education in Our Lord’s service as Diocesan Development Director and as our Treasurer.
I am preparing to make my final profession of vows (God willing!) this fall. These past six years have truly been an adventure! He called me, calls me, and will continue to call me deeper into His Heart each day of my life, and I love to give witness to His love for each soul.