Zero Gravity & God’s Call: Sister Rose’s 42nd anniversary as a Daughter of St. Paul today!

 Anniversary pic

 Yes, 42 years ago, on August 5th, a Saturday and the feast of Our Lady of the Snows (now called the commemoration of St. Mary Major), I flew from San Diego via American Airlines to JFK, stayed in the terminal for a few hours because of a thunderstorm (had supper with my Uncle Richard who my mom alerted) and then onto Boston. We (Sr. Mary Thecla and another aspirant) arrived very late. If you can believe it, Mother Paula and two other sisters met us on the tarmac (before the days of jetways). The late-night drive through the Callahan tunnel terrified me. Luckily, that didn’t last.

What a gift the Pauline vocation is for me and for all members of the Pauline family of congregations founded by Bl. James Alberione.

I want to thank every person who has supported and influenced me in these years. Join me in praying that young women will continue to hear the call to follow Christ more closely in religious life – especially in the congregations of the Pauline Family.

Bless you all and thank you, Jesus.

What a ride this has been.

I just updated my blog  on the National Catholic Reporter blog with my vocation story: Zero Gravity & God’s Grace

My friend Evy Nelson sent me this image for my anniversary today; thank you, Evy! What fun!


  1. Yeah! Praise God for you and your ‘yes’, Sr. Rose! Happy feast/anniversary!

  2. Wow, you made it on a billboard! 🙂 cool! I just posted a comment on your NCR blog! Thanks for your initial YES and the many more along the way!

  3. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Thank you for all your sacrifices to Our Lord and His Church!

  4. Congratulations, Sr. Rose! I thank God for you often, and pray that the Lord continue to bless your mission & help you spread the Pauline spirit through all that you do with media. And I pray that He fill you with joy, light, grace & happiness, & keep you safe.

    Happy anniversary.


  5. An absolutely fabulous story! Ad multos annos!

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