AS154 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on March 10, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa.
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- Surprising (and not-so-surprising) reactions of family and friends to the news about joining religious life.
- The time-honored practice of "Nun Surveillance."
- How has your prayer life changed over the years from early days of discernment to now?
- The sisters' "spiritual toolbox" -- scripture verses, conversation, the communion of saints.
- Sister Carmen's and Sister Annette's ministries.
- Living the mission of Nano Nagle, founder of the congregation in 1775, in response to today's needs.
- Prayers--and expectations about God's response.
- When packing for entry into the convent, what did you take and what did you leave behind?
- Advice for discerning major life commitments, drawing on the tradition of religious life.
Sister Carmen Hernandez is the director of La Luz Hispana, which offers educational opportunities and aid in navigating social service agencies for Hispanics in the Hampton, Iowa, area. Sister Annette Kestel is a pastoral associate at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Hiawatha, Iowa. They are Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM), of Dubuque, Iowa.