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Sr. Thomas Welder
"Somehow, in a rather ordinary, yet mysterious way, God was calling me to a life of prayer and service with a particular group of women who built their home a few miles from where I grew up."
Becoming a Sister was one of those on again/off again ideas in my life. I had the good fortune of growing up in a family where priests and Sisters were not only held in esteem but in some cases, even part of the family. For example, I had four aunts who were School Sisters of Notre Dame. That meant periodic trips to Minnesota to visit nuns and wonderful surprises in cards and letters at Christmas, Easter and birthdays.
Dreams of being a Sister just-like-my favorite teacher quickly faded into society's tangibles like fashions, dances, and parties. Teenage-hood was a whirlwind of big and small events that centered upon school activities and friendships.
It wasn't until my first year of college, St. Benedict's in Minnesota, that I suddenly happened on a retreat director who invited me to consider life in a religious community. Answering that invitation resulted in a struggle of good-byes to familiar teachers, friends, places and destinies.
Somehow, in a rather ordinary, yet mysterious way, God was calling me to a life of prayer and service with a particular group of women who built their home a few miles from where I grew up. In fact, a friend and I had often picnicked in those hills.
When I finally listened to the voice within, I was drawn to faithful people, women who pioneered as teachers, nurses and community builders; women who met the constant demands of daily life with renewed hope and joy. My years of being a Sister of Annunciation Monastery have been times of challenge and adventure, of finding the place I know as "home".
*Sister Thomas Welder entered eternal life on June 22, 2020.