*Sr. Marsaia will not be accepting new discerners at this time*
Peace and all good! My name is Sister Marsaia Kaster. I have been a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity for 50+ years. Our Congregation was founded in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1869. We strive to live the Gospel prayerfully as we serve in education, health care, and other needs of the Church.
Music has been my primary work; classroom music; music for liturgy; private lessons. I also have a Masters in Christian Spirituality; have taught courses on liturgy, the saints, religious life. I enjoy leading retreats and working with young children in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
I grew up in Green Bay with my parents, two brothers, and a sister. I first met our Sisters when I attended St. Joseph Grade School. Classes were large; Sisters were well-prepared, energetic, and caring. In those days, we had daily Mass and good religious instruction emphasizing Jesus in the Eucharist and the sacraments. Our eighth grade teacher sold each student who wished a personal copy of the New Testament for $ .25 so we could develop a habit of reading it daily.
When I was in third grade my parents were given a big old upright piano. I began taking lessons. This was a formative and fulfilling experience in my life; it was fun but certainly helped me learn responsibility. My parents came from large families so there were many aunts, uncles, cousins.
In the summer of 1959, I spent several weeks in Montana with a priest great-uncle, and my favorite young aunt. It was like a first retreat. I walked the little town every day; enjoyed fishing in mountain streams; horse-back riding; and outings in Glacier Park. While in Montana I had a profound experience one day after confession; I returned to the rectory; noticed the crucifix on my bedroom wall; and I realized deeply that Jesus had suffered for me. Amidst a flood of tears I knew I could only ever really belong to Him. That desire led me to religious life. During seventh grade I told my Mom about my desire to enter the convent. The following year I applied and entered the convent high school. Postulancy followed in 1965; final vows in 1972.
Over the years I worked in many parts of the country with countless students, teachers, families and fellow-religious. As in all lives, there have been struggles but “the Lord is with us!”
I believe that God uses everything in each life; joys, pains, mistakes, successes, struggles, gifts, family, the very times in which we live – to shape me/us into exactly who He needs each one to be for those whom we meet in life. And, as a favorite author of mine, Caryll Houselander says, He intends my life “for one thing, the expression of His love!” May it be so!
If I can be of help to any of the discerners who are so blest as participate in the Vocations Outreach program, I will be happy to connect, listen, and pray for you.