*Sr. Mary Vianney will not be accepting new discerners at this time*
Praised be Jesus and Mary! My name is Sister Mary Vianney, MSSR and I am a member of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa, a diocesan Religious community in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, California. Our charism is to magnify Jesus Christ, in union with Our Lady, by communicating the Beauty, Goodness, and Truth of the Catholic faith in a spirit of joyful evangelization through living the fullness of the Church’s liturgical life. I entered the convent in 2014 and, God willing, will make my final profession of vows on November 21, 2020.
Originally, I am from Western Washington State and grew up with lots of rain and beautiful evergreens. I went to public school and earned a Bachelor’s degree and started working before I even considered a vocation to the Religious life.
I was in my mid-twenties when I first thought that God might be calling me. I did not know much about the life, but I knew He was calling me closer to Him. With all honesty, I was convinced that I was called to marriage. However, with prayer, particularly in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, advice from a good priest and eventually getting a spiritual director, I realized that God was at least asking me to consider this way of life, and I should follow His lead.
I visited several communities before I visited the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa. All were helpful experiences and I met some wonderful and very edifying Sisters. However, nothing seemed quite right. I was shocked when I arrived in Santa Rosa and was picked up by our Reverend Mother and another Sister because I was flooded with this sense of being at home! Then, so much of the life resonated with me, particularly in the liturgical prayer of the Sisters. However, I still had some growing to do. Eventually I visited a couple more times, asked for an application, and was accepted to enter.
Currently I serve the community as the assistant Vocations directress, assistant to the Postulant Mistress, moderate our Marian Sodality (for teenage girls), and serve in the Office of Faith Formation for Catholic Schools for our diocese. I love our community prayer life which includes Holy Mass in both forms of the Roman Rite, chanting the Divine Office, Marian devotion, and times for solitude and personal prayer. We have a joyful and deep community life. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by Sisters who love Our Lord deeply and are striving to Saints.
I thank God every day for my religious vocation. I kiss my ring (the sign of profession) and ask Him for the graces to love my vocation more and more and I beg Our Blessed Mother to keep me faithful until death.
If I can be helpful to a young woman discerning God’s Holy Will for her vocation, it would be an honor and a joy to do so.