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AS221 Ask Sister - messenger of peace, running as prayer, reentering religious life, a meaningful life

Podcast Recorded: June 14, 2019

Sr. Maxine with guest Sister Eileen Ripsin, OSF. Topics: messenger of peace, running as prayer, reentering religious life, a meaningful life. 

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Show Notes

Sister Eileen’s ministry as a councilor and “messenger of peace.”

Ongoing conversion of heart as part of the Franciscan call.

The outdoors and running as ways to pray.

Joining the Franciscans, then unexpectedly called elsewhere by God.

Associate life with the Franciscans.

Returning to vowed life.

Advice for people in times of intense discernment.

“God always answers the deepest desires of our hearts.”

Being our own best friend as a spiritual practice.

Advantages of a vocation to religious life as an older adult.

Basic requirements for entering religious life.

Becoming Catholic: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Listener question: At 55, what are some things to consider about possibly becoming a Catholic sister?

Listener question: I have a great career, but how can I make a difference in the world, like nuns do? 

The word of God – the light for our path.

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Intro/outro music by Wild Carrot


About our Guest

Sister Eileen Marie Ripsin is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. She is a therapist at Sophia Counseling Center, a sponsored ministry of the Sylvania Franciscans. She holds Masters degrees in Education and in Clinical Counseling and is a licensed professional counselor.

Sister Eileen describes her work as a therapist as a ministry of presence: “I’m in awe of the resilience of the human spirit and am honored to be present to offer hope as a person discovers their courage, develops self-compassion and finds hope and healing even in the midst of suffering.” Sister Eileen also cherishes times of solitude and prayer and enjoys being outdoors jogging or walking in the woods and celebrating the wonder of God in all creation. 

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