Wednesday, September 21, 2016
by Sister Elise Cholewinski
Every year as summer wanes and autumn approaches, I acknowledge with gratitude a special day on my September calendar. It was on Sept. 7 many years ago that I walked up the front sidewalk, opened the door, and entered St. Francis Convent at Bay Settlement.
My name is Sister Elise Cholewinski, and I am a Sister of St. Francis of the Holy Cross. Beginning this fall I will be sharing this blogging space with Sister Laura. I am really happy to have this opportunity to relate with you the story of my vocation and my many experiences in religious life.
That special Sept. 7 was actually Labor Day. Our family arrived at the convent in mid-afternoon. I walked into the building carrying one important item, my tennis racquet. Several minutes later I knelt in the back of the chapel praying, “Lord, it is good to be here.” Did I really mean it? I was scared silly! When I looked out the window a short time later and realized that the car had departed, I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to spend one night of my life in a convent. However, when the Community gathered in the chapel for evening prayer, and I prayed Psalm 121 with the Sisters -– “The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your shade. He is beside you" -– something happened, and I thought that maybe I might stay more than one night.
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