The Jerusalem community, told me that I was not being called to their community. They said, I have a special calling, just not there. Another rejection. But, a lot has happened since, then.
I went to visit the Community of the Epiphany in Sarasota, Florida. The sisters minister to those with learning disabilities and autism spectrum.
My trip was planned for three weeks. I was asked to join the community the second week, I was there. The foundress, told me I was a good fit for their community and their way of life. She also asked me to come to North Carolina with them, for a retreat. So we all drove to NC and had a great time.
On my part, I am open to the will of God. I know that discernment is a two-way street. The community has to approve you as much as you approve them.
The community has a school, and a college coming up soon. The kids at the school are the one’s that are slipping through the cracks. They tend to get into a lot of trouble, and end up in jail. The sisters are trying to make sure they do not get to that stage, by dealing with the root causes of their problems, in addition to educating them.
The foundress Sister Gichrist Cottrill, was with the school sisters of Notre Dame, before she started this community in 2000. The community is still very young, and is waiting for papal approval. This might be finalized sometime next year.
I will be entering this September. I have tons of things to do to prepare myself for this new journey in my life.
The sisters are amazing, but with a new community doubts abound, so please pray for my vocation, for the community, and also for them to grow in numbers and get more vocations. This is a much needed ministry in the church and in the world.