Calling

Sr Gianna

This is Sr Gianna.


She is a Nun.

A Nun is a sister who spends her life living in a monastery, praying for the world and all its needs. She is a contemplative, this means, she doesn’t do jobs like teaching or nursing, instead does different tasks within the monastery grounds while keeping a prayerful attitude, bringing to God all the needs of the people of the world.

Sr Gianna is a solemnly professed sister, this means she is in solemn vows. Solemn vows are like the vows mums and dads take when they get married. The vows say that Sr Gianna will stay faithful and true to her calling in her community of sisters.

Sr Gianna will not move from community to community but will stay in one monastery for the whole of her life, only leaving to go to the doctor’s or dentist or some other really important event, like when the Pope came to her country. Then the whole community went to a big stadium filled with people, to hear him speak.


When Sr Gianna was a little girl she wanted to have a big family. She was an only child and so wanted lots of brothers and sisters. God answered that desire, but not in the way she thought. Instead of giving her an earthly husband and children, He gave her Himself as her husband and lots and lots of sisters. Sr Gianna is now never lonely as she was when she was a child.

Each morning in the chapter room Sr Gianna’s Mother Abbess gives out the labour (the work that is to be done) that day. Each sister is asked to do something different. Someone will need to go and answer the door when people come to ask for prayers, another might be asked to clean or go to the laundry, someone else is sent to the garden, another might be asked to do church work like making vestments, Holy Communion dresses or altar linen.


Usually Sr Gianna is asked to go to the kitchen to make the midday meal. Sr Gianna is a great cook and enjoys cooking for the community. The sisters only eat one full meal a day so Sr Gianna needs to make it very nutritious for the sisters. It is quite a task to feed such a large community, Sr Gianna will need to make sure she makes enough. 4 or 5 potatoes might be enough for your family but Sr Gianna will need to slice up about 20 or 25. The most important part of the task is doing it with a loving heart and praying in her mind, and seeing Jesus between the pots and pans.

Sr Gianna loves to get up a midnight to pray the office of matins, she thinks and prays for all the people on the other side of the world who are beginning their new day. This helps to bring a lot of meaning to the office for her.

Sr Gianna also really enjoys it when the whole community gather together to pray the Rosary in the afternoon and have recreation.  They bring sewing, knitting or crochet and sit in a circle to pray and sew together. For Sr Gianna the community is one big family of God.


Sr Gianna loves to think of herself as the spouse of Jesus, being Jesus’ bride is very important to her. She thinks about this often as she adores her king and bridegroom in the Blessed Sacrament. She thinks of the precious little Host as a mirror. In Jesus she can see the love He has for His world and for her soul. This helps her to love her sisters and the world with the love of Christ.



So now you have met Sr Gianna. Next week we will meet another friend, Fr Michael, who is a diocesan Priest. Do you know how he lives his life? Until then remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.

Sister Charity

This is Sister Charity


She is an active sister.

This doesn’t mean that she is always on the run but that she spends her life actively spreading the Good News of Jesus in the world.
How do they do this? By doing lots of different jobs, some are nurses, others teachers, and others counsellors. Some give retreats and talks on certain subjects like prolife issues or theology. You may see them working as chaplains in universities, schools or hospitals and many, many other occupations and missionary works in the world.

Sister Charity is a teacher. She spends her day teaching children in her local school. As well as teaching the ordinary subjects of maths and grammar, she teachers the children about Jesus. To Sr Charity it is most important that the children grow up to be God loving people. Sr Charity teaches by her words but she knows that the children learn more through her actions, the way she smiles and her kindness to others. This is being a witness for Jesus.
She Charity tries to live so that people will see Jesus living in her. When Sr Charity gets home to her convent each night she prays vespers with her sisters.

A convent is not an enclosed space like a monastery but a place where people can come and visit the sisters, stay and share with them.

Every year in the summer Sr Charity goes back to her parent’s house to spend a week or two with them. They all love being with each other, this is a time for Sr Charity to catch up with all her friends and family.

Sr Charity belongs to a Religious Order that is worldwide, this means that they have sisters all over the world and Sr Charity could be asked by her Superior General to go to any convent in any part of the world. Sr Charity is originally from the USA but her parents were born in Africa. This is helpful because it means that Sr Charity speaks more than one language, which is useful on her different missions around the world.


Sr Charity was a teacher before she entered religious life, but she knew that God was calling her to something more. He wanted her to teach children about the faith of the Catholic Church and how to live out the Christian vocation.

Sr Charity rises each morning a 630am, in time to say Morning Prayer with her sisters before setting out for the local school. It is important to Sr Charity and her sisters that they spend time together in prayer, this helps them build strong friendships with each other, which is very important when you live in community.


Sr Charity is the superior of her convent. This means that she needs to look after the other sisters as a mother, making sure they are provided for and that they have all they need. Sr Charity also needs to be aware of the running of the convent, looking after the building and getting plumbers in when the water pipes burst. She has a General Superior in the USA whom she consults about things that are really important but otherwise she has the responsibility of looking after the sisters. She is elected to be the superior by the General Council of the Order. Sr Charity knows that God is the one who is really in charge and she tries to listen to His voice within her telling her what to do.


So now you know Sr Charity. Next week we will meet an enclosed nun, can you guess what that means? Until then, remember we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.