Ask Sister

AS208 Ask Sister - surprised by God, community life, making choices vs. sacrifices, being most fully who we are

Podcast Recorded: June 14, 2018

Topics: surprised by God, ups and downs in community, making choices vs. sacrifices, being most fully who we are. Hosted by Sister Maxine with guests Sister Angela Szczawinska, CSFN, and Sister Maria Brizuela, OSF.    

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Show Notes

Unexpected journey to religious life

Listener question: What are some of the biggest challenges of religious life?

Challenges as an invitation to growth and transformation

Advice for facing struggles

Listener question: What are the biggest blessings of religious life?

The process of making decisions as a community

Provincial Chapters

Community as the place where God shapes our life

Listener question: What kinds of sacrifices have you made in giving yourself to your community?

The difference between making choices vs. making sacrifices

Opening our heart and mind to God

Vocation: being called to the person we were born to be

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About our Guest


L:  Sister Angela Szczawinska is a native of Poland. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN) in 1989. Sister Angela ministered for 17 years in the classroom, first as a Religious Ed teacher and then as an English teacher at Nazareth Academy, an all-girls high school sponsored by her community in Warsaw, Poland. Eight years ago, she transferred to the U.S. Province of the Congregation, where she manages the povince's online media and provides tech support for the Sisters.

R: Sister Maria Brizuela grew up in Manila, Philippines. She immigrated to the United States in 1990 and lived and worked in California for several years. She later entered the Sisters of St. Francis of the Sacred Heart (OSF), in Frankfort, Illinois. She has ministered in health care, as concierge in a hospital emergency room. Since 2012, Sister Maria has served in vocation ministry for her congregation. 


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