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Sisters of Life to present ‘What Defines Me?’ in Frenchville on Nov. 5

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — “I felt called to religious life in like sixth grade. This thought came into my heart: ‘you are going to be a nun.’ I was like no way, that is crazy, who does that? Years later, finally, I said ‘Lord, if this is what you want, put a burning desire in my heart for it,’ and he did.”

Sister Marie Veritas’ reflection on her call to religious life is one of gratitude and fulfillment and is shared by many of her fellow Sisters of Life, a Catholic community based in New York. The sisters have vowed to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life and enjoy sharing their passion with all they encounter.

On Tuesday, November 5, she, along with Sister Avelina Joseph, a fellow Sister of Life (pictures, captions below), will offer a presentation entitled “What Defines Me?” for Maine teens and young adults. The presentation, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Life Center in Frenchville, will discuss loving the entire human person and the truth and beauty of God’s plan for life and love. Parents and guardians are also welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served, and all attendees will receive a copy of What Defines Me?, a publication for teens and young adults produced by the Sisters of Life.

The Sisters of Life believe that every person’s life has deep meaning, purpose, and worth. The community offers crisis pregnancy help, hope and healing after abortion, and additional services to over 1,000 women each year. The sisters also host retreats for men and women who need a “spiritual recharging and reignition of their hopes.”

“Our charism is primarily to love the human person. We begin that first and foremost by loving those around us, our own sisters,” said Sister Avelina Joseph. “The charism very much applies to every single person that we meet. We meet with them, we speak with them, we love them. It’s all about love.”

“This is my heart: the charism of life, the beauty of every human person, unique and unrepeatable, made in His image,” said Sister Marie Veritas. “Working for life and helping women who are pregnant, vulnerable to abortion, and who have suffered after abortion to know the mercy and healing of Jesus.”

And helping young people realize they are beautiful and good, and that they matter, is a grace.

“Every single human person is made in the image and likeness of God,” said Sister Avelina Joseph.

“Their lives have meaning and purpose,” said Sister Marie Veritas. “We help them understand that Jesus is the light, and he is not going to leave us orphans. Have confidence in Him. He loves you, and you delight His heart.”

During their visit to Maine, the sisters will also spend time with elementary and middle school students in area faith formation classes and speak at the annual Advent by Candlelight in Fort Kent on November 6.

For more information about the presentation on November 5, call Deacon Luis and Julie Sanclemente at (207) 231-1051.

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