St. Thomas More Church

Vocation story by Sr. Elizabeth Kovacs, SCC
Sr. Pat Luss


Discernment
God’s plan for each of us holds many surprises, I have to say! As a child, I always wanted to get married and have kids, just like my mom. I held fast to this dream until my sophomore year at Allentown Central Catholic High School. It was this year that I had a Sister of Christian Charity as my Theology teacher. She inspired me in many ways, both by her words and actions. I began to wonder about her life, and finally mustered up the courage to ask her about religious life.

After my talk with her – which I was careful to keep a total secret – I grew more and more interested in becoming a Sister. Although I tried to stop thinking about it, the call within me was growing stronger and stronger until I could ignore it no longer. So, after two years of prayerful discernment and many conversations with different Sisters, I decided to enter the Congregation of the Sisters of Christian Charity right after I graduated high school.

Formation
In August of 2003, I entered the convent and became a Postulant, the first stage of formation. I learned about the community, began to follow their schedule and develop my prayer life, and attended college courses in Theology and Philosophy. The following August, I received my religious habit with a white veil and my “Sister name”. This marked the beginning of my two years as a Novice, the second stage of Formation. The Novitiate is a time for serious discernment and more focused learning about the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Visiting and phone calls are limited, and much of the day is spent in quiet prayer and reflection.

I professed my First Vows on August 16, 2006 and became a “Junior Sister”, the third stage of Formation. It was at this ceremony that I professed my vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and received my black veil. All Junior Sisters renew their vows every summer for six years before Final Profession, when we receive the gold ring to finalize our commitment to serve the Lord and His Church as a Sister of Christian Charity.

Ministry
I am presently in my fourthyear as a Junior Sister. I just graduated nursing school at Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, and presently work as a nurse in the ER at Holy Spirit Hospital in Harrisburg, PA. I play the organ for daily Mass in our chapel at the hospital and sing with a contemporary choir at a near by parish. I try to get as involved as I can with everything that is happeining at the convent where I live, in the hospital, at church, and in provincial activities that take place within my religious community. Religious life is a blessing. I don't ever regret my decision to enter, and have found so much JOY and peace in my life here. The sisters with whom I share my life are amazing - they are always ready to offer me advice, support, love and prayers. I cannot imagine my life any other way, and thank God daily for the gift of my vocation.

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