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Sr. Jeannie Humphries, OSU
Sr. Rita Ann Bregenhorn, OSU
Sr. Peggy Moore, OSU

 

Sr. Jeannie Humphries, OSU

 
Sr. Jeannie Humphries, OSUNo, my cell phone did not ring. There was no text message. God did not e-mail me. No Facebook status appeared providing the answer to my question, “Should I become an Ursuline sister?” Rather, I decided to enter because of inner feelings and little signs from those around me. 

I remember joining the Ursulines for a meal and prayer and having a sense of peace overtake me; feeling my heart beat in excitement as I listened to Ursulines discuss a new venture or one of them describe her struggles with unjust structures and what she was doing to stand up for the voiceless. These signs confirmed for me that I had to at least try Ursuline life. 

In the fall of 1996, I moved in with an Ursuline community of sisters to begin my candidate year. One evening that year, I was sitting at the dinner table with a lifelong friend’s family when her mom asked me how I specifically knew life as an Ursuline was for me. Before I could respond, my friend’s younger brother said, “Mom, come on, you sent me to 12 years of Catholic school and we learned about the call. Some people get it and some people don’t. Obviously Jeannie got it.”

This comment has stayed with me throughout my almost 14 years of Ursuline life. I have always wanted to hear that call more loudly, vividly and clearly; alas that has not happened. The clarity of the call for me, though, has always been those heart tugs, the moments of passion I feel for the work we’re doing, and the glimpses of peace I feel when I’m gathered with my Ursuline Sisters, in prayer with God, and in good space and comfort with who I am.  

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Sr. Rita Ann Bregenhorn, OSU


Sr. Rita Ann Bregenhorn, OSUAs a young woman, I was so impressed with the joy that I experienced among the Ursuline Sisters who taught me. Their joy and enthusiasm spoke to my heart, and I wanted to be a part of a group of sisters that so loved God and their vocation that their joy just spilled out everywhere.

I also was amazed how the Ursulines challenged me to be the best person that I could. Their words, but mostly their actions, showed me that God had gifted me with certain gifts and that I needed to share those gifts with others. These wonderful Ursuline women also showed such a respect for me as a woman and an individual, and that is a gift or response that I have tried to instill in others, especially other young women.

At the time I entered, I did not realize all that I do now. One thing that has grown in certainty is that I made the best and right decision. I love being an Ursuline Sister and all that it calls me to be and do.

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Sr. Peggy Moore, OSU


Sr. Peggy Moore, OSULooking back, what helped me decide is the same thing that has helped me continue living as an Ursuline Sister. Sometimes that “what” is difficult to articulate because most of all, at its core, it is a sense of the rightness of the choice. Here’s how I know that this life is right for me.

I am someone who has always had a longing for more—what’s here is wonderful, but never enough. Although that trait is not without some difficulty, I think it is part of what drew me to Ursuline life. In this life there is the opportunity to seek and know God more deeply; there is always more of God’s love to experience, and there is the gift of being able to work directly to bring that love into concrete expression in the world.

What I remember most clearly from the Ursuline Sisters I knew when I was in high school is the joy I saw in them and their delight in being together. That certainly drew me. As I’ve lived this life I’ve had opportunities to experience both the joy it can bring and the wonderful companionship of dedicated, gifted women.

My parents raised me to be a woman of faith, as they were people of faith. That faith, along with their encouragement, was an important part of my decision to be an Ursuline. My family and friends agreed with me that Ursuline life was a good choice, and their support has helped sustain me.

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