On June 12, 2016 I made my promises as a Lay Associate. It was an exciting day after discernment and years of learning more about St Dominic and Blessed Marie Poussepin the day had arrived to make my promise to live out the spirituality and charism of the congregation in my life. As the Sisters prayed for us during the ceremony I felt the flood of graces pouring over us. I am truly blessed to be a part of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation. I have come to know many of the Sisters well and hold them all close to my heart and am grateful to have them in my life.
During my formation over the past few years my prayer life has increased, my desire to know more about our faith and God has grown and continues to grow. As a Lay Associate I pray that I can imitate Blessed Marie in her faith, hope and charity in my daily life. Her courage and trust in the Lord is truly inspiring and I pray daily for these virtues. As St. Dominic sought to learn more about God through every aspect of life I am drawn to do the same. To see God in all, to grow in love for Him, and to be able to share this love and knowledge with others in all I do and say is my desire in life.
This day was also special because I was able to share this experience with my mother, who made her promises as well. As I think back to a few years when I first read the flyer and asked my mother to join with me, I realize just how much we have gained from this experience together. I look forward to the years ahead as this is truly a new beginning.
I thank Sr.Vimala for the permission to become a Lay Associate and all those who have prayed for me. I especially thank our Blessed Mother for being by my side each day, praying and interceding for me, and for all the graces she pours out on me, especially on this wonderful day. I know that the prayers of the Sisters, the Associates and all those who have gone before us will guide each step I take.