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March 10, 2019

Mathematical solution to the Sock puzzle

Feb. 24, 2019

Local youth attend World Youth Day in Panama

Annual QUEST weekend honors Scouts

   The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

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Sister Catherine Therese Paulie finds great satisfaction in knowing

‘I am doing what God wants me to do’


Editor’s Note: The following is part of a continuing series celebrating the Year for Consecrated Life.

Sister Catherine Therese Paulie, CSJ
Years in Religious Life: 60
Parish Life Coordinator,
St. John Parish, St. John


Southwest Kansas Catholic:
How did you know God was calling you to religious life?
Sister Catherine Therese Paulie, CSJ: Growing up for many of my pre-convent years in St. Paul Kansas, “vocation to religious life” surrounded us.  The Passionist Monastery with the Novitiate for that community was so much a part of our parish.  Those men were a reminder that God calls people into service.
Each year as school was drawing to a close, one big question was “who will not be here in the Fall because they will be in a convent or a seminary?”
When the centennial for St. Paul was celebrated, we also celebrated the names of 100  priests or members of religious communities who had lived in St Paul.
My father said often that he prayed that one of his children would become a priest or a sister.
Thus, religious life was “there” as a goal  - it felt right -  and it was really only a question of “when.”  
What do you most like about religious life?
I am not quite sure that ‘like’ is quite the word.  Each time I ponder “living religious life” there is the conviction that I am doing what God wants me to do.  I probably wouldn’t be too good at anything else.
What do you find most challenging about religious life?
Being the best that I can be—Our charism for our community (CSJ) calls us to “the more”  -- don’t just do what is asked or expected, but strive to do more – to give “the best.”
Were there times when you wanted to leave but through prayer and the grace of God you remained?
Yes, probably the evening before being received into the community was the day that stands out most in memory.  We were on retreat at that time -- the whole community was praying for us.
What brings you peace, happiness, and fulfillment in living out your religious life?
I am grateful for time to pray, read and study.  I have been blessed with ministries that have been most fulfilling and with people surrounding me who have challenged yet supported me.
How do you witness Christ to others in the church, society, and the world?
I am probably not the best witness.  There are so many areas of need.  All I could offer -- my involvement with parish work, with the RCIA process, and, hopefully, the community efforts here in St John.
We see religious life as ever changing.  What have you done to keep up with the changing times?
My religious community provides so many growth opportunities.  We are each to consider ourselves involved in leadership even though we may not be serving in an elected position. As far as possible, each sister is asked for input on major decisions.   A person has to stay abreast of what is happening to respond intelligently.
What would you tell someone who was discerning a religious vocation?
Whatever you do, listen carefully to what God is saying.  It’s a bit like the reading of last Sunday – “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”
After your many years of following your vocation, what would you like people to know?
The vocation that God has in mind is the one where the greatest inner peace and serenity will be found.

Past Issues

Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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