I just read a lovely article about a young woman’s experience joining and being part of a religious community. The article is called “Hamilton native talks about life with St. Joseph sisters” (January 12, 2007) — it is written by Celeste Baumgartner and published in The Catholic Telegraph, the Cincinnati diocesan paper. Here are a couple paragraphs from the article.

Two months after graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Rebecca Ramsey left home to join the Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker for a “different way of life, but a beautiful way of life.”

“I started thinking of religious life when I was 10 years old,” said the former parishioner at Queen of Peace Parish in Hamilton. “Then when I got to high school, I reconsidered. I came from a big family and thought maybe I’d want to have a family of my own. I had the normal growing-up years. I dated some; I went to parties.”

Sister Rebecca goes on to talk about what her family thought, her experience in college, and her choice to join the Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker in Walton, Kentucky.

“God has called us to a different way of life, but it’s a beautiful way of life,” said Sister Rebecca Marie. “There’s prayer time and time to be serious but we also have fun. I think that’s what surprises people when they come to the community and see how much fun we have, just like any other family.”

In the meantime, Sister Rebecca Marie is content at the convent: “It’s a neat way of life. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Learn more about the Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker.