Random Nun Clips

The fourth vow

Podcast Recorded: January 12, 2023
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Sister Barb Giehl describes the fourth vow taken by Sisters of Mercy.

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Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center


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Sister Rejane  
This Random Nun Clip is brought to you by A Nun's Life Ministry. I'm Sister Rejane of A Nun's Life Ministry. Our guest today is Sister Barbara Giehl, a Sister of Mercy of the Americas. Sister Barbara just made her first vows in September 2022 and lives and ministers at the Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center in Connecticut. You know, the one thing I really loved is, as Mercies, you take a fourth vow. I think our audience knows poverty, chastity and obedience. But I wonder if you could tell us a bit about the Mercies’ fourth vow. I just think it's lovely.

Sister Barbara  
We take a vow of service to women and children, and people who -- the term is ignorant -- to serve them and to provide what is needed for them in any way that we possibly can. For a lot of Mercies, that is a vow that is attracts them to the community, this this vow of service. And it's something that I am very proud of, to be part of the community that would consider that in their vows. It's always with us and always part of everything we do.

Sister Rejane  
Yes, I just love that it's publicly announcing that you're here for others, right? In that sense of service. Beautiful, because oftentimes we think of poverty, chastity, obedience within ourselves, in our relationship with God, or within our community. And we have to do a lot more explaining that it's also for service of others. So I just love that it's announced that way.

Sister Barbara  
Especially if you’re poor and sick or sick or ignorant, or all of the above. Those are really what we focus on.

Sister Rejane  
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