My name is Sr. Maria Mater Dei Fritz, SOLT. My religious name means Mary, Mother of God. In July 2012, I professed First Vows in the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). Currently, I am assigned to our mission in Capulin, Colorado, where I serve with Legion of Mary and in Religious Education.
I was born and grew up in Garnett, Kansas, a small town of about 3500, surrounded by loving parents, two brothers, three sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a loving community. I attended Holy Angels Grade School in Garnett and received many graces and blessings because of the presence of the Sisters who served there. At thirteen, I began praying the rosary every day. I know that Our Lady took me under her protection then. When I was in danger of abandoning my Faith while attending a university, she placed before me friends who not only attended daily Mass, but also took classes to grow in the faith. I began to follow their good example and soon I too was receiving Jesus in Holy Communion every day, reading the autobiography of St. Therese, attending classes on the faith, and eventually even making holy hours and asking God what He wanted for my life.
I asked and asked God for His will, but I realize now I was not ready for the answer. And so, God waited and inspired me. He allowed me to go to Belize and serve at our SOLT mission as a volunteer teacher. There, I came to know the Society of Our Lady, many priests, sisters, and laity. They filled me with joy seeing how they loved one another, the community, and God; they truly wanted to be holy and worked continually for the conversion of souls. After leaving the mission at the end of the school year, I experienced deep pains: I truly missed the mission. The pains could not be ignored, and so I turned to Our Lady who has always been so faithful to me, and I prayed a novena. With her help, I received the grace to make the first step towards a religious vocation in our community by entering aspirancy. It is a four month period of living with the sisters and experiencing religious life. I was terrified that this could be what God was calling me to, but I had to try for Our Blessed Mother. As soon as I arrived in North Dakota for aspirancy, I knew God’s peace. I began to see how He was calling me and guiding my steps all along. Thanks be to God for His mercy and His abundant patience!
May the Peace of Jesus Christ reside in your heart! My name is Sister Mary Kathryn Dolan and I was born and raised in the great state of Minnesota. Unlike some who are called to religious life at a very young age, I never thought of becoming a religious sister until I was twenty-one years old and a junior in college.While I was attending college, a close friend of mine invited me to go on an extensive 8-day road trip across the country in which they were to visit a number of different religious communities. Not being able to come up with a good reason not to go, I went along. During a visit to one of the communities I was deeply moved to see the profound joy of these sisters and the intimate relationships they had with Jesus Christ. Through various interactions and moments in prayer on that trip, I experienced a very personal encounter with Jesus, an encounter which caused me to seriously consider a vocation to religious life.
I finished my college studies finding myself at a real crossroads. I was in the midst of preparing for a career in speech language pathology and applying for graduate schools while at the same time feeling a tugging on my heart to pursue a vocation to religious life. A tugging I could not ignore.
The chaplain at my college’s Newman Center informed me of an opportunity to serve in a Catholic high school in Benque Viejo, Belize. It was a school run by the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). I applied and was accepted and spent two years teaching at Our Lady’s School in Benque. My life in Belize centered in serving God’s children and being grounded in prayer and the sacraments. I also experienced firsthand the Society of Our Lady. I was able to build relationships with the priests, sisters and laity serving the people of Benque. I experienced a real sense of family among the SOLT community, and as a lay volunteer, I felt very welcomed into this family.
The Lord blessed my time in Belize very much. Through this time of service and prayer, He placed in my heart a strong desire to give myself to him as a sister in the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. I can only thank the Lord for the ways he has gently and patiently walked with me in this journey to love him more and more.
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future full of hope.” How can one write the beating of her heart? How can I write on one page that which God has planned from eternity and has spent the past 23 years (that is, from my mother’s womb) writing? Mary, my Mother, help me to do this well.My name is Sister Marie Therese. Since I was small I was taught and believed that Our Lord loves me. I did not realize my call deeply until just before I entered aspirancy with the Sisters of Our Lady. The biggest barrier, perhaps, to hearing my call, was my own self-image. Our Lord brought me to realize that He wanted me not to look through the eyes of this world, the lies of our culture, the lies women today are subject to; but rather, to look through His own eyes of mercy and love. By these eyes, He looks past all that belongs to my sinful self and sees that which by His Passion has made new. He sees something beautiful. He takes away judgment and replaces it with tender love. Once I was convinced of that, hearing and accepting the call to consecrated life was just a small step away. How could I refuse Him, and why would I want to? I had no reason to.
Our Blessed Mother wanted to place me in her Society, which I have come to recognize as a small piece in her heart and the heart of the Church. I am so happy to be called to be part of this work of God, to be called to communion with the Most Holy Trinity through discipleship of Jesus and Mary, serving the Church’s deepest apostolic needs, as just one little member of a beautiful family of God.
May our Mother be with you and guide you to her Son.
My name is Sister Mary Anna. I am in my second year of novitiate, which means I am engaged to, and preparing to profess first vows to my Spouse-to-be, Jesus Christ the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. You may wonder how Our Lord brought me to this point in my life. I would too, except for the fact that I have actually experienced the process of God intervening in my life. The words of Ananias to Saul come to mind. After having encountered the living Jesus Christ, who spoke to Saul and instructed him, Saul was brought to Ananias who explained to him, “The God of our ancestors designated you to know His will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of His voice; for you will be His witness before all to what you have seen and heard.” Though St. Paul’s encounter was very physical and his conversion immediate and mine was slow and tortuous, I cannot deny that the living encounter with the Person of Jesus Christ that I experienced was just as real as that of St. Paul and so many other Christians. His work in our lives is always unique and always beautiful.I met the living God during a time in my life when I was not in the practice of actively seeking His perfect will. This encounter caused me much inner turmoil and required difficult decisions on changing the direction I thought my life was going. At this time, I was trying to be good and love God and others the best way I knew how but without a real relationship with God. If I had been actively seeking to please God, the revelation of His will for me would not have been so unsettling.
I was finally hearing His voice and knew that His will was being clearly manifested but I was having difficulty conforming my will to His. Knowing I ultimately wanted to do His will, I was slowly able to make decisions which helped me conform my will to His. The turmoil remained but lessened over the next seven years as I came to know and trust the living God more and His good plan for my life. I have experienced a profound and lasting peace ever since I resolved to enter aspirancy three years ago. During that period on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I received a gift of joy in God’s revealed call for my life.
The peace of Christ be with you! My name is Sister Mary Peter and I am currently serving in the formation of the canonical (second year) novices of the Sisters of the Society of Our Lady in Holman, NM. It is a great joy to serve in this beautiful valley in the mountains of northern New Mexico where our community was founded by Fr. James Flanagan in 1958. The sisters returned to the original convent in 2006 after years of hard work renovating the building. The facility is now called Nazareth Formation Center and each year a new group of novices comes here for their spiritual year of formation before professing first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to the Most Holy Trinity. Their life includes classes three mornings each week on Sacred Scripture, our Constitutions, Theology of Religious Life, the Life and Mission of the Church and other related topics. They have many hours of silence each week for prayer and study. Other instruments in their formation are regular spiritual direction from one of Our Lady’s priests, weekly confession and frequent personal dialogues. We are also blessed with the presence of two other professed sisters who serve in the local parish of St. Gertrude and are taking college classes.I have been assigned to Nazareth Formation Center since 2008. After my vows in 2005, I was sent to serve at our mission in Colon, Mexico (in the state of Queretaro) in a home for underprivileged children and adolescents. I spend two years caring for the teenage girls in the Casa de Jovenes and in my third year I was asked to serve the 5-12 year old girls in Casa de Ninas. Those were beautiful years of serving God’s people in Mexico, using the Spanish skills I was blessed to acquire during my college years. Before my conversion and receiving my vocation to religious life my senior year in college, I desired to live and work in Mexico. I let that desire go when I gave my “yes” to seeking only God’s will in consecrated life. You cannot imagine my joy when God gave me the great gift of being sent to live and serve there after four years of formation to become a professed sister! One day I am sure I will again be sent to serve in a mission outside of the United States, but in the meantime I am delighted to serve the Sisters of Our Lady’s Society in the quiet beauty of the Nazareth Formation Center.