MGL Sisters celebrate two final professions
‘You did not choose me, but I chose you’ (Jn 15:16)
|Rosie Drum and Rachel Fleurant have embraced a life of radical discipleship.|
From Catholic Outlook, April 2012
Many gathered in great joy to celebrate the final vows of Rachel Fleurant and Rosie Drum on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on 11 February 2012.
As is the custom for the Missionaries of God’s Love, the two women proclaimed their lifetime vows of chastity, poverty and obedience to the Leader of the sisters, Patti Jo Crockett, as they knelt in front of the St Damiano Cross – the same image that spoke to St Francis of Assisi, calling him to rebuild the Church which was in ruins.
Both Rosie and Rachel, who began their journey with the MGL Sisters in the same year, have embraced a life of radical discipleship through their vows, which are a sign of contradiction to many of their contemporaries.
They came from diverse backgrounds, but this is proof of the way in which the Lord calls all sorts to join Him in His mission.
Rachel grew up in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and served as a youth leader in her parish of St Andrew’s Parish, Marayong. Before entering the sisters she completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and worked in the corporate world.
She said her parish youth group and spiritual experiences after attending World Youth Day in Canada in 2002 helped nurture her faith journey and strengthened her prayer life. This gradually led her to discern her calling to consecrated life.
“I realised after having worked in the marketing industry for some years that I had lost my passion and enthusiasm for my career and that Jesus was calling me into a spousal relationship with him,” she said.
“This meant giving away everything and walking in His footsteps. I see it as an unexplainable gift – it is all because of God’s grace, His free gift, undeserved, and not because I’m extraordinary or super holy or virtuous.
“In fact, this life has called me to greater humility, purification and a greater understanding of the person of Christ, who has called me to become a woman fully content and fully alive in Him. I know the urge to respond to the needs of the world by proclaiming the redeeming love of Christ to all people.”
Rosie grew up on a large property in south-west NSW in the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn. One of nine children, it was thought that at least one of the children would consider consecrated life or the priesthood.
Rosie experienced being invited to explore her religious vocation through participating in various youth ministries after she left school and through serving on NET ministries as a lay missionary for a year.
This was when she discovered that the deepest desire she had was to draw other young people into a firm relationship with God and with the Church. Her own experience had taught her that this was where the greatest happiness in life lay.
“I am so grateful that God shared with me the best-kept secret in our world while I was still young,” she said. “Most of us just aren’t aware of how much God loves us, of how solid a foundation that truth is for us to live our life upon, and how rich the Church we take for granted is.
“The desire of my heart is to let that secret out, so all people can live in the freedom of knowing themselves precious to God, and worth laying down His very life to make that point.”
Rosie and Rachel joined the Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters in February 2004 and spent eight years in formation. They both completed a 30-day Ignatian retreat last year in preparation for their final vows.
Rosie will continue in her role as youth minister in St Bernadette’s Parish, Castle Hill, while Rachel will be ministering from the Melbourne house.This truly is a huge milestone for the MGL Sisters who are this year celebrating the jubilee of their foundation. What a year of grace it is shaping up to be!
For more information about the Missionaries of God’s Love visit: www.mglvocation.org
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