Hello, my name is Sr. Della Marie Doyle. I am the Vocation Coordinator for the Franciscan Sisters, Third Order Regular of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother. I would love the opportunity to communicate with you regarding your vocation discernment process.
As Vocation Coordinator, it is a great privilege for me to share the journey with young women as they discern their vocation in life. Since entering the order in 1995, I have served in a variety of positions. My first position, lasting for seven years, was kitchen coordinator and member of the vocation team. My most recent position of five years was coordinating our inner city ministries, The Samaritan House, a diocesan thrift store and emergency food bank and LAMP, a catechetical biweekly breakfast club in Steubenville. While serving in this capacity I lived at our mission house, Heart of Mary. I have also enjoyed being a part of the campus ministry at Franciscan University. I lived for two years at Greccio House in Gaming, Austria, and have served the students on mission trips to Jamaica and Ecuador. I have also had the joy of ministering to youth at World Youth Day – in Rome, Cologne, and Spain.
I was born and raised in the beautiful coastal town of Seaside, Oregon. I am the fifth child and oldest girl of twelve siblings and while growing up I loved mothering my younger siblings. Reading the lives of the saints as a freshman in high school, I was deeply touched by the martyrs who gave their lives for love of Jesus. It was their example that first inspired my desire to give my life radically to the Lord, even though I did not know what that entailed. I spent the next seven years running away from God’s call to religious life. Worldly distractions and a lack of exposure to religious made it difficult for me to envision this for my life. My junior year of college I transferred to the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where I had the opportunity to observe firsthand many religious men and women on campus. The experience of attending a discernment retreat helped me to acknowledge that the desire of my heart to live radically for Christ could best be fulfilled through living the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience – the life of a T.O.R. sister. In this way I would be able to lay down my life daily for love of Christ. And this has been the greatest adventure of my life. I look forward to hearing from you.