Sister Marie Howorth
Over the years, my relationship with God has deepened.
I grew up in Toronto in a Catholic family with six children. I attended St. Joseph's School on Leslie St. In Grade 8, I was chosen to crown Our Lady in our school's outdoor procession. Then I attended St. Joseph's College School. In Grade 13, I was on the student council. I was impressed by many of my teachers, who were Sisters of St. Joseph.
After I went to teachers’ college, I taught Grades 1 and 2 at the same school where my mother and grandmother had taught. Three generations!
In my second year of teaching, the principal, Sister Eileen Mohan, asked if I had ever thought of becoming a Sister. I replied that I had, but I was not ready yet. I had two aunts who were Good Shepherd Sisters and I frequently visited them since they were cloistered.
I taught another year and then I felt God was calling me, so I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph.
My two aunts were happy that I became a Sister. They were a big influence in my decision-making and never pressured me to join their order. I admired their work, but I did not feel called to a cloistered order.
When I entered, 27 other young women joined me. I was amazed at the opposition that some in my group had from their parents. My parents supported me in my decision and my family came to see me on visiting Sundays. I felt blessed with all the support that I had and never regretted my decision.
After I made first vows, I resumed teaching. I enjoyed teaching elementary and high school. I found the experience very rewarding.
Over the years, my relationship with God has deepened. My life has been blessed with many friends, especially in community.