|July 13, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 13 • Oakland, CA|
Dominican Sister to make first profession
Sister Christina Atienza will make her first profession of vows next month, after completing a year as a candidate, a year as a novice and a year of ministry with the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.
"In 2009, though, I found myself hooked by this inexplicable sense of joy when I began to really get involved in parish ministries. Before I knew it, I had become not just a workaholic, but also a Churchaholic! Not too long after, I began to feel a longing for integration, focus and balance, to which the discernment of religious life with the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael ultimately emerged as the answer.
"During my candidacy, I found treasures that far surpassed the value of the possessions and the independence that I gave up when I entered: deep connections, self-awareness, a vibrant prayer life, peace, and yes — even greater joy.
"Now my longing is to become the person that God intends, understanding that that entails embracing a life of faith and interdependence. I am so grateful to be on this path and for all the love and support."
To read more about the congregation she is part of, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, visit www.sanrafaelop.org.
If you feel called to religious life, contact Nan Brenzel, director of Vocation Ministries at 415-257-4939 or email@example.com.
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