Hello! I am Sister M. Bernadette Morse and I entered the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in 2008. What a blessing it is to belong to the Lord in this way!
Originally from Iowa, I lived most of my childhood in Pochahontas and Bancroft. I have always loved rugged creation with any opportunity to soak up the sun and take in the beauty of the world around us. Camping, running, shopping, ice-cream, and deep conversation with friends are some of the things that have always delighted me. Although, I must admit that shopping has lost its glamourous tug on me : ). I also enjoy singing, stories, bonfires, and the joy of messy, risky adventures. My greatest joy is “being with another,” whether that be God or the beautiful people He sends into my life. The Lord has graciously pursued me and drawn me to His Most Sacred Heart, very quickly revealing the Father’s providential love at work in our lives. I was spiritually spoiled to grow up in a Catholic home where Christ was the center of our family and doing God’s will was witnessed as the top priority no matter what the cost. Going from Mom’s to Dad’s every other weekend was a strange norm that shaped me in its own way, and since my Dad did not share our Catholic faith, I understood that the fullness of faith given to me was not my doing but a pure gift. This awareness became within me a joyful zeal to evangelize, since to whom much is given much would be expected (Luke 12:48). Through daily Mass and adoration, I fell in love with Jesus Christ. Already from my high school years, the desire to share with others the joy I had received from Jesus Christ and His Church burned within my heart. I deeply sensed that the Lord was inviting me to love Him in the way He had loved me, totally, unconditionally, and spousely. How could I say no to that? So, at 19, the door to religious life opened and I ended my studies at Iowa State University to eagerly answer Christ’s call to become his bride!
After graduating from Franciscan University with a degree in Theology and Catechetics, I was sent by my community to Rock Island, IL to serve the youth of our Church as a theology teacher at Alleman Catholic High School. I am currently teaching Senior theology and beginning my 6th year here. As a sister, my life is something that seems daunting to a world that does not understand the mystery of Christianity, but for those graced by the light of the Holy Spirit, one can “taste and see” how true Christ’s words are: “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39).
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, be not afraid to let it all go for the sake of gaining the one who is All in all. I promise, He is faithful.
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