Sister Mary Carmen MacLean
The growth I value most is in my relationship with my Lord and God.
Born on the east coast of Canada, Cape Breton was my home for 18 years. I was brought up in a large family of five boys and three girls on a farm near the Bras d'Or Lakes. Our parents made sure that we had chores to do around the home and the farm. This helped us to learn about responsibility at an early age.
Meeting the Sisters
I became acquainted with the Sisters of St. Joseph when I came to Toronto in the mid-fifties and met the Sisters at St. Joseph's Hospital (now St. Joseph's Heath Centre) upon the recommendation of a friend, Mrs. Mary Higgins. I entered religious life in September 1961 after graduation from St. Joseph's School of Nursing. The nurses' training was a good maturing experience and it nurtured the seeds of my vocation as a Sister of St. Joseph.
My parents were not happy about my decision to enter the convent but, on the other hand, they would not interfere with God's plan for me. I lived and worked in Toronto six years before entering religious life and I believe this separation made it a little easier for them to accept the inevitable.
My life as a Sister of St. Joseph has been very challenging and rewarding. The first 18 years were served as a nurse in our hospitals. Since 1982, having become an certified chaplain, I minister as chaplain at St. Joseph's Heath Centre, Toronto. I have grown through the many experiences and responsibilities of religious life but perhaps the growth I value most is in my relationship with my Lord and God.