"I started working at St. Michael's Hospital and that's how I came to know the Sisters. The Sisters of St. Joseph were a part of the hospital. Sister Helena saw me one day and asked how I was. I told her I was worried, that my contract was ending soon and I really needed a full-time job. 'God will provide,' she said. 'Let's pray.' She held my hand and we prayed. And lo and behold, three months later, I got the full time job."
Eva remembers the next invitation. Ursula, a co-worker, invited her to attend a CSJ Associates' meeting.
"Something was missing in my life. I knew that I wanted to be part of a group. I knew it would enrich my life."
She noticed how things were done. First, the group prayed together. Sharing followed. Finally, the group discussed their plans for upcoming events and projects. She was pleased with the combination of spiritual, social, sharing and outreach.
Becoming an associate
Eva joined the associate group, and has been with them for 10 years. She describes its impact on her daily life:
"Whatever I say, whatever I do, being an associate remains at the back of my mind. It reminds me to be compassionate and understanding."
Blessings from this connection
She finds the experience of being an associate very enriching spiritually. She appreciates the retreats and the outreach functions. Her group has supported several ministries. She herself is a Eucharistic minister at her church.
"This is what I am looking for in my life. Everybody is included, everybody is loveable, everybody prays for everyone. Being an immigrant can be lonely. The group felt like my family."