“I had less than 24 hours to write about my call to Religious Life with ONE minute only to say all I had to say – thus the poem in 60 seconds!”
Sr Isabel Kelly fmsj
MY CALL TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE IN 60 SECONDS!
Before I became a Sister
I always stayed at home
It was never in my nature
To go out or roam alone.
One of my Aunties had a thought
That really put me in a spot
She saw an advert to recruit some Wrens
I trusted my Auntie so had no defence.
I sent in my application
To be a Jenny Wren
They called me for an interview
And it all went fast from then.
I went home on leave 3 times a year
But could never leave my family without a tear.
Four years of parting was really tough
But God decided that was enough.
He called me very suddenly in my final year
The stirrings I had inside me
Filled me with utmost fear.
But I couldn’t resist that voice of God
As He said, “My child, come here.”
That was sixty years ago
Having travelled the world
Learning different languages
As my religious life unfurled.
Borneo first, then Kenya
With the Philippines and Tanzania thrown in
Followed by Bolivia and Ecuador
With Cincinatti and New York fitted in.
Here I am in Blackburn
Travelling around the UK
God has kept me on the move
As He thinks it’s best that way.
I have never regretted it
Our God knows best
We answer His call
And He does the rest.
Written by Sister Isabel C. Kelly, FMSJ