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Back in September, I had the opportunity to speak to the Junior High religion classes at St. Mary’s School in Sleepy Eye. I always love going back to my alma mater and the school at which I taught. The students were extremely welcoming and attentive, receptive to what I had to say.

I shared with them a bit of my vocation story, telling them how I found my way from the exact desks they were sitting in to a Benedictine Monastery in Duluth. I spoke of how it is important, no matter what way God leads you, to develop your one personal relationship with Jesus. After all, I told the students, all people are called to holiness. That is the general vocation for all Baptized. Through the grace of God, prayer, experience, and the support of family and friends everyone eventually finds their specific vocation—be it marriage, priesthood, religious life, monastic life, or the single state. In the end I left the students of St. Mary’s with a challenge. I asked them to stay open to God, don’t discount God, give God a chance to invite you to a vocation in the Church, and don’t say ‘no’ to God before the question is even asked—you never know what is in store for you! With joy in Christ, ~Sister Lisa


Sister Lisa Maurer is a Sister of the St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota. Born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, before entering the Monastery, Sister Lisa taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her first Monastic Profession in August 2009. She currently ministers at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth.

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