Sister Mary Sibbald
I am constantly aware that the Holy Spirit has been active in my life during my years of teaching, doing parish ministry and working with people who are homeless.
I was born in Ireland and came to Canada in 1962. During my years in Teacher Training College, I got to know the Sisters of Mercy. Several students who graduated with me entered religious communities. Although I respected their choice, I myself never contemplated such an action at that time.
Returning to my dream
I enjoyed teaching, but as the years went by, I found myself returning to my dream of missionary work. In 1962, I met an Oblate priest from Canada who was recruiting teachers for northern British Columbia. Within three weeks, I was on the plane to Terrace, B.C. If I had not become a Lay Apostle that September, I would never have met the Sisters of St. Joseph teaching there. It was during my fourth and final year in Terrace that I seriously thought about becoming a Sister of St. Joseph.
Committed to taking a risk
I returned to Ireland, resumed teaching and tried to make a decision. I prayed to God and did my best to listen to his response. I did not have absolute certainty prior to entering. But I was committed to taking a risk. During the year, I made application to the Sisters.
No further misgivings
I had no further misgivings once I received my letter of acceptance. I took it for granted that God had a stake in my desire to enter religious life and that I could be sure of his guidance at every step of the way. Looking back, I thank God that I got to know the Sisters many years ago and that I was attracted by their witness to God's love.
I am constantly aware that the Holy Spirit has been active in my life during my years of teaching, doing parish ministry and working with people who are homeless. I live my life now with gratitude for what has been and with confidence in the future.