2) How were your parents impacted by your vocation?
Since being in ministry my parents have grown in their faith. They are more open to discussing their faith journey with me. They allow me to minister to them and often times ask me questions on how to guide my younger sister on her faith journey. Most of all my parents seem really proud that I allowed my faith to become a critical part of my call to vocation.
3) What is a good hint to vocation/signs to look for other than paying attention? How do you know what vocation is speaking to you? How do you know that you have been called?
I don’t think there’s one clear answer… for some it may be a smoke signal from god for others it may be a whisper. I think that once you open yourself up to trusting God you will begin to notice His good work being done in your life. For me, once I allowed myself to let go I was able to see the signs of the Holy Spirit working… things began to connect and click effortlessly.
4) Do you get paid a lot? Not to be rude…
This is a super realistic question. For a recent college graduate I’m not doing too bad, BUT I am definitely not making as much as my friends who are accountants and insurance brokers. To be honest, sometimes its hard to not make as much as my friends in the “corporate world” but for me it has never been about the money. I would rather make less and love what I do, working with people, than hate what I do and make a lot of money, siting behind a desk on a computer all day… That may work for other people and that’s great, but not for me.
5) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Three way tie between: taro, thai tea, and green tea ice cream! YUUUUM!!!
6) Just wondering, what is the church’s view on marrying someone with a different religion? It is allowed?
It is possible to marry a non-Catholic. Some bride/grooms-to-be choose to go through RCIA to become a Catholic before getting married. The bishop has to give permission + the Catholic person has to uphold their Catholic faith/ensure their future children will be raised in the Catholic Church.
8) How many siblings do you have?
I have an older brother and a younger sister (+a dog and a rabbit), technically 2 siblings.
9) How do you deal with the fears that come with commitment?
For me, praying through it, allowing myself to feel whatever I’m feeling… be it mad or sad, and trusting in God.
10) How can I, if at all, make my own vocation? Can our vocation change?
Your vocation is what God is calling you to do. Whatever that is, be it made by yourself or someone else, is definitely a legitimate vocation. Your vocation can certainly change according to where God is calling you to share your time and talent.
12) Did you ever doubt that your vocation wasn’t actually right for you?
All the time… in those moments that’s where I have to quiet the doubt and remind myself I am called for a reason. I pray on it and giving it to God seems to work magic on my questing.
14) How come you can’t get married if you’re a nun or a priest?
Priests and nuns are married to Christ. In order to fully serve their call they cannot be married.
15) What sacrifices did you have to make for your vocation?
I think the biggest sacrifice is “always being on,” and being a “face” of the Catholic Church, MQP, Catholic ideals, etc.
16) What was the most helpful thing you heard/ did to grow your own Catholic faith?
I think the thing that solidified my Catholic faith was seeing God’s love in community through my college’s University Ministry. I never really could think of God’s love in a tangible way until I saw the love my college community showed me. Also, serving others helped me to become passionate about our responsibility to our brothers and sisters in the margins.
17) What is the point of life?
To love wholeheartedly, compassionately, and passionately and to share that love with everyone you come in contact with :)