Greetings! My name is Sr. Miriam O’Callaghan and I am the Vocations Coordinator for our community.

I am one of a small number of redheads in our community. Due to my pale (or on occasion beet-red) complexion and “funny” way of talking, most people realize pretty quickly that I am originally from Ireland (although I’ve also been asked if I’m from Russia, or Ohio?)!

My Mom and my sister are based in my hometown of Dublin, Ireland. My brother is based in Saudi Arabia. 

I joined our community in 2007.  I have worked in a variety of roles since then. For several years I happily worked away in our Finance office. I was also based at our mission house in Gaming, Austria for 3 years, working alongside the students from Franciscan University of Steubenville. I have also served as the Ministry Coordinator. Last year I got to do some ministry in Texas – Texas has been on my “bucket list” for years so I was really happy to be able to go there!

I am very happy as a sister and I feel very blessed that God invited me to be espoused to him in this life, as well as in the next. The beauty of the vows continues to unfold for me.I wrote a blog recently about the lessons that I learned from my 2-year-old nephew about the vows: Lessons on the Vows from my 2-year-old Nephew

As you can read in my testimony, my vocation journey has had many twists and turns, hairpin bends and cliffhangers.

If your own vocation journey looks something similar, and you would like to talk about it, please feel free to contact me.

If your own vocation journey looks nothing like that, but you would still like to talk about it, please feel free to contact me!

Don’t forget – the Lord loves you tremendously and has a plan for your life! As you discern, stay close to him and keep your eyes focused on Him! He will reveal his plan to you when he knows that you are ready to receive it. His timing is perfect.

Here is one of my favorite quotations, especially when it comes to vocational discernment:

“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great.   Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. And so, today, with great strength and great conviction, on the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life.” – Pope Benedict XVI

 

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