Hello! My name is Sister M. Consolata and I entered the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in the fall of 1998. Wow! What a gift!
Growing up on the coast of California, God called me to a community in the mid-west. When you love Jesus, get ready for the adventure He will lead you on. I first thought about being a sister when I was in 2nd grade and saw the joy of the Sisters that taught me in grade school and high school. There certainly is something about a joyful smile, huh? A sure sign of Christ! Well, I was led to go to college and not enter the convent right away. It was something I was seriously thinking about throughout my years before graduation. During my time in college I heard about NET Ministries and decided to serve with this ministry upon finishing my degree.
My teammate introduced me to our community during our travels. During the next two years as a supervisor living in Minnesota, I accepted Jesus’ invitation to enter this order through prayer (especially Eucharistic adoration and scripture), surrender, and seeking His Will. In a particular way, Jesus led me during Lent to meditate upon Him on the Cross. I received a letter from the Vocation Director the Thursday after Easter with our brochure with the words, “They shall look on Him whom they have pierced.” (John 19:37) and “To make the merciful love of Christ visible.” My heart jumped and I knew I had to go visit!
After being sent back to study at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, I served in the Office of Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. I continued from there to assist young women in their discernment of vocation as the Vocation Director for our community for eight years. I then spent three years serving at Mater Redemptoris House of Formation in Wisconsin. I loved my time at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio serving the students in a variety of ways for one year. Soon I will be transferred to open a new convent in Springfield, IL to serve in the Diocesan Office of Evangelization and Discipleship.
In the midst of these years I have realized just how much I truly enjoy accompanying young women on the journey of discernment! My first passion is for Jesus of course and I also enjoy the beach, mountains, making cards, dancing (for Jesus that is) and a good cup of coffee!
“Take delight in the Lord and He will grant you your hearts requests.” Psalm 37:4
Be not afraid to follow the One who loves you!
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