Our first child, a daughter, was born June 19, 1942. She attended daily Mass, as the school children at that time
attended before classes began.
Reading was one of her favorite pasttimes. As she grew older, she became interested in the life of St. Therese,
the Little Flower, and read everything she could find about the saint. That should have given me a clue.
We thought that our daughter may have a vocation to the religious life.
We enrolled her at St. C. Academy, where at that time there was a boarding school for high school girls. She continued
to attend Mass daily.
When graduation time came, she told us she wanted to enter the convent. We were so happy, assuming she meant to
enter the Dominican Order. When she said she wanted to be a Carmelite, I couldn't believe it. My thoughts were
of never seeing her face again, of her going far away where we couldn't get to visit her and that she would never be home
Our daughter sensed our anxiety, and spoke with the chaplain at St. C.'s. He invited us to come talk with him.
During the conversation, the point he made calmed my fears. He said that a vocation to Carmel is a very special calling,
and "you can't make a Dominican out of a Carmelite, or a Carmelite out of a Dominican."
Our daughter entered Carmel on October 3, 1960. The 40+ years she has been there have been such a joy and blessing
for us. No way would I ever change it if I had the chance.
We visit her twice a year and correspond often. We feel a closeness to her that can't be matched with any of our
other seven children.
God has been so good to us, and she is so happy.