Consecrated Life feature to highlight ‘local’ religious
The Year of Consecrated Life, which began on the first Sunday of Advent in 2014, will continue through Feb. 1, 1916.
To mark this celebratory year, the Southwest Kansas Catholic (Register) will publish a question and answer column about men and women religious who work in southwest Kansas, or vocations from southwest Kansas who minister elsewhere.
The columns will be highlighted with the World Day of Concentrated Life emblem as seen at right.
Many religious sisters, brothers and priest have already returned responses. Readers will have the chance to learn more about these religious who Pope Francis called “men and women who awaken the world.”
The series begins below, with Sister Rose Mary Stein, OP.
‘In the Vineyard of the Lord’
Dominican Sister Rose Mary Stein, OP;
56 years in Religious Life
Current Ministry: Director of Adult Education/Formation at
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe
How did you know God was calling you to religious life?
I was in love with a man, and God began to show me signs telling me to become a Sister
What do you most like about religious life?
All the opportunities to grow in my spiritual life, all the blessings I receive through my ministry among and with children, youth, and adults, and the friendships I’ve made over the years.
What do you find most challenging about religious life?
I want to meet the needs of hurting people but there is never enough time in the day. Another challenge is getting people to know and fall in love with Jesus, know the bible, and not be afraid to speak about your faith.
Were there times when you wanted to leave but through prayer and the grace of God you remained?
Yes, in my third year after entering Religious Life, I was 22 years old and it was very difficult to be obedient to a superior, not having a car, being confined to the Motherhouse, and living with so many rules and regulations.
What brings you peace, happiness, and fulfillment in living out your religious life?
The freedom to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit in my prayer life, my social life, and the companionship of my friends in my Dominican Community.
How do you witness Christ to others in the church, society, and the world?
I witness Christ, I hope, by my loyalty to Church and Religious Life, my love for others, and acceptance of my trials and sufferings.
We see religious life as ever changing. What have you done to keep up with the changing times?
My Dominican Community has helped me recognize the needs of the world and to risk going forward and not get stuck in the past or what has been.
What would you tell someone who was discerning a religious vocation?
Talk with someone who has lived the life and learn how God has brought happiness and peace to her journey of faith and life.
After your many years of following your vocation, what would you like people to know?
That God needs workers in the vineyard. If you like adventure, freedom to use the gifts God gave you, opportunities to journey with others, and self-fulfillment, than you will not be disappointed.